Present Progressive

Temporary Action Happening Now

Temporary actions happening at the moment of speaking


  • John is winning the game.
  • It is currently raining outside.
  • She is running a marathon right now.
  • He is working until 6pm.


Example Words Showing that an Action is Taking Place Now

  • Now
  • At this moment
  • Right now
  • Right this minute
  • Presently
  • Currently


Verbs Not in the Present Progressive

The following types of Non-Action and Stative verbs are not (or rarely) used in the Present Progressive:

  • States (be)
  • Senses (feel, smell, hear)
  • Feelings and Emotions (love, hate, want)
  • Thoughts (believe, know, understand)