Lesson 2 – A Day At The Park – Present Continuous

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  • Today
  • To play: I’m playing, you’re playing, he’s playing, she’s playing, it’s playing, we’re playing, you’re playing, they’re playing
  • Football
  • Afternoon
  • To plan: I am planning
  • To sit: Sitting
  • Breakfast
  • To have lunch
  • To have dinner
  • Dinner
  • Eating
  • A new place
  • Day
  • Night
  • To dance
  • To enjoy
  • To hope
  • To spend the afternoon
  • Relaxing
  • Talk to you later!
  • Please
  • For a while
  • Sorry!
  • Excuse me!
  • To meet
  • Okay!
  • Feeling ill / Feeling better
  • To walk: walking Home
  • House
  • To understand
  • Enjoying the park
  • See you soon!
  • See you later!
  • See you tomorrow!
  • To leave: leaving
  • Now
  • With you
  • Thank you!
  • Soon
  • Where are you going?
  • To plan


– A Day At The Park –

Learn English – Lesson 2 – A Day at the Park

Chris: Are you playing football today?

Sam: I’m not playing football today. I’m planning to spend the afternoon sitting in the sun and relaxing. Would you like to come?

Chris: Sorry, I’m having lunch with Jess. Maybe I can meet you later.

Sam: Where are you going for lunch?

Chris: We’re eating at The Lambada. It’s a new place that does lunch in the day and dancing at night.

Sam: Okay, I hope you enjoy your lunch.

Chris: Great, I will talk to you later.

(Later on the phone……)

Chris: Hello Sam. Are you enjoying the park?

Sam: Hi Chris. I am enjoying the park. I’m not planning to leave for a while.

Chris: I’m sorry. I’m not going to meet you today.

Sam: Are you okay?

Chris: I am, but Jess is feeling a bit ill. We’re walking home now.

Sam: I understand. I hope that Jess is feeling better soon.

Chris: Thank you Sam. See you soon.

Sam: Goodbye Chris. See you soon.


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Now we’ll take a look at the Present Continuous, which is also called the Present Progressive.

We make this tense by using the Present Simple + verb –ing. In constructing a sentence in affirmative form, we take a subject, add the relevant form of « be » (am, are, is) together with the verb –ing (this is called the present participle), then finally we complete the sentence.

We use this tense when we want to talk about temporary actions and situations that are going on now or « around now ». That is, actions that are occurring at the moment of speaking:

Subject A form of « be » + Verb -ing Rest of sentence
I am teaching English
You/We/They are learning to speak English
He/She/It is speaking Spanish

Also for actions that are in development or that are arranged for the near future:

I’m meeting my friend for dinner tomorrow.

She’s leaving at 21:20.

We’re going to the festival this weekend.

It is typical in this form to use the contractions but if we want to create emphasis we can use the long form. I am (I’m) You are (You’re) She is (She’s).

We also use Present progressive when talking about temporary or new habits. If they are normals habits that are continuing over a long period we instead use the Present Simple.

He’s smoking a lot these days.

I’m eating too much.

Another use of this tense is when we talk about a situation which is slowly changing.

I’m getting better at playing the guitar.

The weather is improving.

Negative form

In constructing a sentence in negative form, we take a subject, add the relevant form of « be » (am, are, is), add not,  submit the verb –ing (present participle), then finally we complete the sentence.

Subject A form of « be » + Verb -ing Rest of sentence
I am not teaching English
You/We/They aren’t learning to speak English
He/She/It isn’t speaking Spanish

It is very usual to use contractions in the negative form (isn’t, aren’t) However, am not cannot be contracted. Instead we can say I’m not. As with the positive form, use the long forms when you want emphasis.


When we ask a question that is answered Yes or No we start with a form of « be » (am, are or is ) before including the relevant subject, then we add the –ing (present participle)  form of the verb. Finally, we complete the sentence.

A form of « be » Subject Verb -ing Rest of sentence
Am I speaking good English?
Are You/We/They teaching Spanish?
Is He/She/It living in Spain

Wh- Questions

What, where, when, why, who, how can be used as the start of a wh- question. Together with a form of be, am, are or is before including the relevant subject, then we add the –ing (present participle)  form of the verb. Finally, we complete the sentence.

Wh- Word A form of be Subject Verb -ing Rest of sentence
Why am I learning grammar?
What are You/We/They doing in Spain?
Where is He/She/It teaching English?



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