What are you doing?Level: Pre-Intermediate
- Present progressive grammar.
- Basic forms (infinitives) and present continuous forms.
Exercises for this lesson:
- Grammatical summary & 2 questions (1)
- Put in - look - clean - put into (2)
- Listening comprehension: choose the verbs you hear in the video (3)
- Choose the basic form of each verb (4)
- Type a complete sentence for each picture (5)
- Right now, I'm talking to you (6)
- Watch and choose (7)
- Watch and type (8)
- What's John doing? (9)
How to do the lessons:
- Watch the video without subtitles.
- Do all the Exercises.
- Come back to this page.
- Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!
What are you doing?
Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1
Same video with Precise Subtitles beginning at 02:00
This is the classic clip and lesson on the Present Continuous (or "Present Progressive", if you prefer), providing extensive practice for beginners and pre-intermediate students. The most basic use of this tense becomes self-evident as we see people telling us what they are doing while they do it.
Exercise 6 in this lesson reminds us of this most basic use, and seems ironic in context. Exercises 7 and 8 use a completely different video from the main one. No one talks. We simply see people doing things. Exercise 7 is an MC quiz while exercise 8 is good for writing practice in the classroom.
In upcoming lessons we will see how the same verb tense is used:
- to describe longer actions in progress, for example, "He is studying to become a doctor".
- for actions in the near future. For example, "She is meeting her boyfriend in a bar tonight". This is the same as "She is going to meet her boyfriend in a bar tonight".
- for actions which are repeated, with adverbs like "always" or "constantly". For example, "I don't like those people because they are always making trouble."