Chapter 10. Tense (Cont'd...)
10.3 Continuous Tense (cont'd...)
Verb goes to conti’s house
wearing with ‘ing’, and
accompanied by am/is/are
in time of present,
was/were in time of past
and shall be will be in time of future.
10.3.1 Present continuous tense
Here the action of the verb is going on in the present time. Such as:
I am going.
He is reading.
You are doing.
They are playing.
10.3.2 Past continuous tense
Here the action of the verb was going on in the past time. such as:
I was writing.
He was doing then.
You were working.
They were slipping at the night.
10.3.3 Future continuous tense
Here the action of the verb will be going on in future. As for example:
Tomorrow, I shall be playing cricket.
Tomorrow, the musician will be playing on a piano.
Next day, they will be riding on horseback.
10.3.4 Rules of adding ‘ing’ with the verbs
- Verbs ending with ‘e’ lose the last ‘e’ in time of adding ‘ing’. For example:
coming, riding, writing, etc. Note the exception; correct is being not bing.
- In case of verbs ending with a consonant and just preceded by a vowel in time
of adding ing the last consonant is doubled. Example: running, setting, putting,
getting, hitting, beginning, swimming, etc.
- In case of verbs ending with ‘ie’, ‘ie’ is replaced by ‘y’ and then ‘ing’ is added.
For example: lying, tying, etc.
- The verbs like feel, believe, hear, hope, know, like, love, see, understand, want,
wish, wonder, belong, consist, contain, matter, possess, resemble, etc. are not
used in the continuous tenses.
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