Present Continuous – Part 2

Learn English Verbs - Present Continuous Negative

I’m not working at the moment. I’m on vacation!

Use the present continuous to talk about things happening now, at the moment.

Negative

To form the present continuous negative, use subject + (to be) + not + verb + -ing

I am not (I’m not) listening to music.
He / She / It is not (isn’t) listening to music.
You / We / They are not (aren’t)  listening to music.

 
Examples:

  • I am not working at the moment.
  • She is not wearing a hat today.
  • You are not listening to the teacher.
  • Pete and Jan are not watching TV.

There are two ways to make the short form:

She‘s not wearing a hat today.
She isn’t wearing a hat today.

You‘re not listening to the teacher.
You aren’t listening to the teacher.

Both forms are OK!

Except with “I”:

I amn’t working at the moment.
I‘m not working at the moment. 

Be careful! Some verbs are never used in the present continuous:

like, want, need, believe, understand.

I’m not understanding the lesson.
I don’t understand the lesson.

My brother is needing to study.
My brother needs to study.


Quiz: Present Continuous - Negative

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Question 1
We're not drinking wine because we have to drive home soon.
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Question 2
I'm not feeling well. I think it was something I ate.
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Question 3
My team isn't playing very well in this game.
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Question 4
They're at the party, but they're not dancing.
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Question 5
Paula's not wearing sunglasses.
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Question 6
I not reading any books at the moment.
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Question 6 Explanation: 
I'm not reading any books at the moment.
Question 7
He no making dinner.
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Question 7 Explanation: 
He's not making dinner.
Question 8
Tom and Tiffany isn't playing video games now.
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Question 8 Explanation: 
Tom and Tiffany aren't playing video games now.
Question 9
You're not listen to me.
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Question 9 Explanation: 
You're not listening to me.
Question 10
Brian isn't eat anything because he just had lunch.
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Question 10 Explanation: 
Brian isn't eating anything because he just had lunch.
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