|I am working you are working he/she/it is working etc||am I working? are you working? is he/she/it working? etc||I am not working you are not working he/she/it is not working, etc|
We use the present progressive to talk about actions and situations that are going on ‘around now’: before, during and after the moment of speaking.
Hurry up! We
e all waitingfor you! (NOT We all wait . . .)
‘WhatareyoudoingP Tm reading.’]
I’m going to a lot of parties these days.
We also use the present progressive to talk about developing and changing situations.
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We do not use the present progressive to talk about ‘general time’. For this, we use the simple present. (See 261.) Compare:
- My sister’s living at home for the moment, (around now)
You live in North London, don’t you? (general time)
Why is that girl standing on the table?
Chetford Castle stands on a hill outside the town.
The leaves are going brown.
I go to the mountains about twice a year.
- What are you doing tomorrow evening?
- I like this wine. (NOT I’m liking . . .)
- How do you feel? OR How are you feeling?
My head aches OR My head is aching