Present Continuous Tense Quiz

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Welcome to our Present Continuous Tense Quiz, designed to help you master this essential aspect of English grammar. The present continuous tense, also known as the present progressive tense, is used to describe actions happening at the current moment or ongoing actions taking place around the time of speaking.

In this quiz, you'll encounter a variety of questions that will test your understanding of how to form and use the present continuous tense correctly. From identifying the correct verb forms to choosing the appropriate context for using this tense, each question is crafted to deepen your knowledge and improve your Read moreproficiency in English grammar.


Present Continuous Tense Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    She _____  _____________ (drink) a glass of wine.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is drinking." This is because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action that is happening at the moment of speaking. The verb "drink" is conjugated to match the subject "she" and the present continuous tense is formed by using the auxiliary verb "is" followed by the present participle of the main verb.

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  • 2. 

    The girl _______  ______________ (look for) a book.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is looking for." This is because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action that is happening at the moment of speaking. The verb "is looking" is the present continuous form of the verb "look," and the word "for" indicates that the girl is searching for something.

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  • 3. 

    They ______ ______________ (draw) in the sand.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are drawing." This is because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, which is used to talk about actions happening at the moment of speaking. In this case, the action of drawing is happening right now.  The auxiliary verb "are" is used to indicate that the action is being performed by multiple subjects.

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  • 4. 

    He ________ ______________ (make) an omelet.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is making." This is because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, which is used to describe an action that is happening at the moment of speaking. In this case, the person is currently in the process of making an omelet.

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  • 5. 

    She ________   _______________(cut) a tomato.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is cutting.”  The sentence is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action that is happening at the moment of speaking. The verb "cut" is used in its -ing form to show ongoing action, in this case, cutting a tomato.

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  • 6. 

    I can't talk to you at the moment; I ___________ (work) on a project.

    Explanation
    The sentence conveys a present action in progress, expressing the speaker's current engagement in a project. The use of the present continuous tense "am working" indicates the ongoing nature of the work, emphasizing the immediate time frame and the speaker's inability to engage in conversation at that moment.

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  • 7. 

    The baby ________ ___________. (sing)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is singing" because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action that is happening at the moment of speaking. In this case, it suggests that the baby is currently singing.

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  • 8. 

    I ______  ___________. (paint)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am painting" because the verb "paint" is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action that is happening at the present moment. The subject "I" is performing the action, so the correct form of the verb is "am painting."

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  • 9. 

    They ________ ____________. (study)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are studying" because the question is asking for the correct verb form to complete the sentence. In this case, the subject is "they," which is the third-person plural pronoun, and the verb "study" needs to be in the present continuous tense to match the subject. Therefore, "are studying" is the correct verb form.

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  • 10. 

    He ______ ____________ (wait) for his girlfriend.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "is waiting" because the sentence is in the present tense and the subject "he" is singular. In the present tense, we use the auxiliary verb "is" with the present participle form of the main verb to indicate an action happening at the moment. Therefore, "is waiting" is the correct form to use in this sentence.

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Heather Baxter |BSc |
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Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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