Actions in Progress

Actions in Progress

Unit 2 Action in progress

The importance of knowing how to introduce one’s self and getting details from others cannot be denied in communication. It is essential that everyone should be capable of expressing one’s self. No matter whether it is public meeting or an interview or first day of course, one should know how to introduce her or himself as well as describe what others are doing. When it comes to speaking about others, one should be able to give and obtain information about possessions. He or she should successfully describe actions that are in progress at the moment of speaking.

When it comes to describing actions in progress, we make use of the present progressive.

It is used

with adverbs of indefinite frequency to describe events which are standard but unintentional and usually undesired

to refer to things that are taking place

to refer things that are true around the moment of writing or speaking

to refer to events that are in progress

to describe actions that are repeated

to describe regular actions in relation to a specified event or particular time

to refer to steady processes of change

The present progressive tense is particularly difficult to use.

When you want to describe action in verbs, you can say, He is searching for an error in the document. Here search is going on continuously at the moment of speaking. On the contrary, the simple present tense is associated to habitual actions in general- He searches for errors in his documents. This means he regularly search for errors, but he is not essentially searching for errors in the document at the present moment.

The PRESENT PROGRESSIVE TENSE shows something going on at the present moment. It thus describes continuing action. So, when you need to describe actions in progress, you have to use present progressive tense. This tense is formed using the helping “to be” verb, in the present tense in addition to the present participle of the verb. “He is doing his engineering in KBP College. He is working through the holiday break.”

You can suggest that an action is going to happen in the future by using present progressive tense, particularly with verbs that express the idea of a movement or plan from one condition or place to another. Thus, “ he is arriving in three hours. As the present progressive can propose either the future or present, it is generally tailored by adverbs of time.

While describing actions in progress you have to use the present progressive tense and the form be + V ing.

The subject of sentence will determine the form of be.

She is singing.

He is reading books.

They are watching movie.

I am writing an article.

You can indicate actions happening at the time of speaking.

Jimmy is doing his homework.

Jane is speaking to her father right now.

The baby is sleeping.

So when we need to talk about actions in progress, we have to use the present continuous tense.

Example: He is eating a pie for lunch.

Example: Jimmy is talking with his friends.

All in all, you need to use the present continuous tense properly for describing actions in progress. Thus, it is used for

An action that is still happening at the time of speaking.

An action that is still continuing about this time but not essentially at the time of speaking.

You have to have clear understanding about how to describe actions in progress at the moment of speaking correctly.

You have to use the tense correctly depending on the situation. Above tips will help you succeed in your task effectively. This will help you improve your skills and impress others in easier way.

Saludos y suerte prof lauro soto


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