Unit 2 – I am doing

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He is reading a book

They are running

The sun is shining



The verb ‘to be’ can be used as an auxiliary verb before other verbs. The verb that follows always has the ending ‘-ing’.

to be’ represents a present state, so when it’s followed by a verb (-ing) it refers to a present activity.

  • I’m a teacher, but I’m not teaching now, I’m preparing a lesson

  • Janet is wearing a pretty dress today

  • Take an umbrella, it’s raining


Note the following spelling changes:

write writing run running lie lying sit sitting

come coming swim swimming dance dancing


Place ‘not’ after the auxiliary:

  • I’m not sleeping

  • They’re not working –or – they aren’t working

  • She’s not reading – or – she isn’t reading


Change the order of words:

  • Are you sleeping?

  • Is he playing?

  • Where is she going?

Some verbs are not usually used in the present progressive. Often, these verbs don’t describe physical actions:

  • know

  • understand

  • agree

  • trust

  • prefer

  • hate

  • appreciate

  • suppose

  • want

  • like

  • love

  • remember

The state verb ‘to be’ is sometimes used in the present progressive:

  • Ignore him – he’s just being silly

  • They said they can’t help us, but I think they’re being difficult.


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