[Grammar] Present Continuous Tense

What’s up everybody! It is nice to see you all here. My today’s post is about Present Continuous Tense. I know you all have learned and heard about this a couple of times, but this is important to be learned. Why? Because people often get confused between Simple Present Tense and Present Continuous Tense.

I hope this article will help all of you who are still confused about Present Continuous Tense.

What is Present Continuous Tense?

Present Continuous Tense is a tense which is used to tell about event that:

  • Happen continuously
  • Occur only at this time
  • Occur in the future

Example:

  • I am sitting on the sofa.
  • He is going to have final tests.
  • She is preparing a presentation at this moment.

Pattern

(+) Subject + to be + V-ing

(-) Subject + to be + not + V-ing

(?) To be + Subject + V-ing

Notes: 

(+) Positive Sentence

(-) Negative Sentence

(?) Interrogative Sentence

Example:

(+) I am reading a newspaper right now.

(-) I am not reading a newspaper right now.

(?) Am I reading a newspaper right now?

Subject + to be

I – am

We, You, They – are

He, She, it – is

Time Signal

  • Now
  • Right now
  • At the moment
  • Look! / Listen!
  • Always

Extra examples:

  • Look! The thieves are trying to sneak into the house.
  • She is always working hard.
  • I am sweeping the floor now.

Is it clear for you, readers? Do not hesitate to ask or leave comments. Thank you 😁

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Improve Your Grammar through These Ways!

Grammar is sentence structures which are constructed in order to make non verbal communication clear. Grammar is important, especially in English writing because English grammar has different contexts based on situations and periods. People who learn English usually find difficulties in mastering grammar.

Based on the description above, this article seek to share some tips to enhance your grammar skills. You can improve your grammar through:

1. Practice

 

 

 

The more you practice

The better you get

 

Those quotes may have similar meaning with “Practice makes perfect“. It sounds simple and convincing, but some people who want to master English grammar do not really believe the advantages of practice. They just simply answer the questions about grammar. After that, they do not take another kind of practice.

To master English grammar, you have to practice regularly. Through practice, you know your weaknesses which can be minimized. It is suggested to practice grammar with different kinds of practice such as cloze texts, re-order the sentences.

2. Concept vs Pattern

Which one is more important? Concept or Pattern? This question is still arguable. Some people may consider concept as the basic understanding to master English grammar while most people prefer keeping the pattern of the sentences in their mind.

It has been well-considered that every grammar has its own pattern. However, to construct meaningful sentences, it is also important to know the concept. Mastering English grammar through pattern will just like learning mathematics. Is it agreeable for you to use this tactic?

3. Reading

What is the effects of reading on grammar? This question may cross your mind whenever you read this article. Factually, reading can help the learners to understand English grammar.

Why? Because while you reading novels or any books, you can see how writers use the tenses, adjectives, adverbs, noun or pronouns. As an extended advantage, you will get some knowledge through this way.

4. Applying in your daily life

Whenever you have learned the English grammar, it is advisable not to spare it. While you spare your grammar skill, you easily forget the structures and concept. Another result of sparing the skill is the redudancy of sentences. Redudancy is the unimportant repetition in sentences.

Based on the facts above, do you still plan not to apply your skill in your daily life? Let’s think about it once again!

5. Feeling Confident with Mistakes

Most English learners are afraid of making mistake while learning English grammar. In fact, mistakes are the sign to be better than it used to be.

You have to feel confident in order to master English grammar. Making mistakes will not ruin your grammar skill because through mistakes, you learn how to construct good sentences.

Among those ways, which one do you prefer?

Do not hesitate to comment and ask 😀


[Grammar] Simple Present Tense

Hello readers and visitors! Today I will discuss about grammar which everybody should have known, Simple Present Tense. Let’s discuss the concept Before going to the pattern of tense!

What is Simple Present Tense? 

Simple Present Tense is a tense which is used to talk about:

  1. Rutinity
  2. Habits
  3. Facts

For example:

  • I play tennis twice a week.
  • She always bites her nails whenever she is nervous.
  • Donald Trump wins the election against Hillary Clinton.
  • I usually drink a glass of milk in the morning.

Pattern

(+) Subject + Verb 1 +s/es + Object

(-) Subject + do/does + not + Verb1

(?) Do/does + Subject + Verb1

Notes:

(+) Positive sentence

(-) Negative sentence

(?) Interrogative sentence

Subject-Verb Agreement

I, you, we, they > use V1

He, she, it > use Vs/es

Time Signal

Always, usually, twice a week, every day, seldom, and often.

Notes to remember

When you talk about characteristics or professions, you should use to be in the sentences.

Example

  • I am disappointed
  • He is a teacher
  • She is angry

Pattern using to be:

(+) Subject + to be + adjective/noun

(-) Subject + to be + not + adjective/noun

(?) To be + Subject + adjective/noun

Subject and to be

I – am

You, they, we – are

He, she, it – is

I hope this articles helps all of you who have difficulties in forming Simple Present form. Keep learning and practicing readers and visitors!