2011/10/18

Lingofeeds - English at Work - English for Information Technology

Happening Right Now

Present Continuous

To express what is happening at the present moment in time use the present continuous. The present continuous is also sometimes referred to as the present progressive.

She's upgrading the sniffer program with the IT department representative.

We're deleting the stack at nine o'clock on Tuesday.

Alice isn't using social networking for her marketing campaign.

Another use of the present continuous is to express what is happening around the current period of time. This is often used in work settings when discussing a project that is currently in progress.

He is working on a spam filter this week.

Positive Form:

Subject + to be + verb + ing + (object(s))

She's discussing how to compress the files with the IT guy at the moment.

Negative Form:

Subject + to be + not + verb + ing + (object(s))

Alice isn't using social networking for her marketing campaign.

Question Form:

(Wh-) + to be + verb + ing?

What is this software doing on your system?

NOTE: Common time expressions used with the present continuous include:

at the moment
currently
this week
today
now

Example:

I am developing a new spyware program this quarter.

Harold is updating the spreadsheet this week.

Shelly is hoping to crash the system today.

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs express a state. Action verbs express an action, or task that someone performs.

Stative are never used in continuous forms. Here is a list of common stative verbs:

believe
understand
think (opinion)
want
hope
smell
taste
feel
sound
look
seem
appear

Example:

The font looks illegible.

He loves his blog today.

He dislikes bloatware today.

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