Spelling of the -ing form: Infinitive
We add -ing to the base form of the verb.
If a verb ends in -e, we drop the -e and then add -ing.
If a verb is short and ends in one vowel and one consonant, we double the consonant.
If a verb ends in -ie, we replace the -ie by -y and then add -ing.
If a verb (even long verbs) ends in one vowel + l, we
double the -l and then add -ing. USE
The present continuous is used to talk about actions happening now (= at the moment of speaking). e.g. I am studying English now. You are reading a book at the moment. Father is preparing dinner in the kitchen right now.
Keep in mind: You can answer a yes/no question with a short answer. e.g. Is Thomas paying attention in class? + Yes, he is. = Yes, subject + auxiliary verb – No, he isn’t. = No, subject + auxiliary verb + not
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W HAT'S HAPPENING?