Verbal tenses: present continuous | Tiempos verbales: presente continuo

EL present continuous es un formato verbal utilizado para acciones o eventos que están sucediendo o desarrollándose ahora. Es imprescindible formar el present continuous a partir del tiempo presente del verbo to be y el participio presente de los verbos terminados en -ing (learn - learning):

Hay varias formas de utilizar el present continuous: 

✦   Para hablar de algo que está sucediendo en el momento
  • Your father is working. Please, don't bother him.
  • Please, don't make noise! We are reading. 
  • I am working at the moment.

✦  Para mostrar que algo está cambiando y se está desarrollando
  • The world is changing faster than we expected.
  • My father is showing a different attitude towards me.
  • As time goes by, I am falling in love with her.
  • My son is growing very fast. He is still a teenager.

Para algo temporal
  • I am staying in Paris for six months.
  • The carpenter is working during weekends in August.
  • Don't worry, he is thinking of a day love adventure. 

Para algo que sucede antes y después de un tiempo dado
  • My football team is always training when I arrive to the club.
  • We are usually jogging from Monday to Friday during the year.
  • The weatherman said, "we are still having bad weather until Sunday".

Algo nuevo que contrasta con una situación previa
  • People are sending emails these days instead of Christmas cards.
  • Peter is now riding a bicycle, whereas before he only drove the car.
  • My children used play in the garden, now they are only watching TV.

✦  Un suceso que se manifiesta de forma repetida; suele utilizar adverbios de frecuencia, always, often, etc.
  • Teenagers are always sending messages on Twitter.
  • My parents are going often enough to the cinema.
  • John is always cracking jokes.

✦  El present continuous también se utiliza para hablar del futuro
  • My daughter Mary is going to Oxford University next year.
  • Where are you celebrating the following Christmas?
  • My brother is planning a stag party for next month.

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