Progressive present

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The progressive now[1] is the usage of the present progressive to describe actions happening now, at this very moment.

For example:

  • "You are reading Teflpedia."

Meaning[edit | edit source]

Actions happening now, at this very moment. This must be a progressive action.

Form[edit | edit source]

This uses the present progressive.

CCQs[edit | edit source]

  • Is this in the past time, present time or future time? Present time (though it started in the past and will continue into the future)
  • How many times am I talking about this action? (once)

Pedagogy[edit | edit source]

This is learnt at elementary level; in fact in some cases it can be taught before the present simple.

It’s a good way of miming actions and having students guess what you’re doing.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. There may be a better term for this; continuous now,