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English Grammar: Present Continuous vs. Past Continuous

by Jordan V. | English and Writing

14 Lessons 39:25
  1. 1. Trailer 1:08
  2. 2. Introduction 1:24
  3. 3. Present Continuous and Past Continuous: What Is Similiar? What Is Different? 2:53
  4. 4. How To Form the Present Continuous 2:31
  5. 5. How To Form the Present Continuous (continued) 2:02
  6. 6. Practice with the Present Continuous 1:55
  7. 7. Answers to Present Continuous Question 3:29
  8. 8. Quick Note: Remember To Avoid This Error in the Present Progressive! 1:40
  9. 9. How to form the Past Continuous 4:33
  10. 10. Practice with the Past Continuous 1:33
  11. 11. Answers to Practice with Past Continuous 3:59
  12. 12. Time Expressions in the Present and Past Continuous 3:55
  13. 13. Mixed Practice: Present and Past Continuous with Time Expressions 2:15
  14. 14. Answers to Mixed Practice: Present and Past Continuous with Time Expression 6:08

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About the course

What is the difference between "They were studying yesterday" and "they are studying now"? They may look similar structures, but actually, these sentences represent two different verb forms in English. In this ESL grammar lesson, we will learn how to use and make the present continuous ("They are studying now" ), as well as the past continuous ("They were studying yesterday"). In addition to this, you will learn about the common time expressions we use with each of these tenses.


  • English
  • ESL
  • Grammar
  • Learn
  • Practice
  • Sentences
  • Vocabulary


I have over ten years of tutoring experience, working with students of diverse ages, language backgrounds, and national origins. I specialize in teaching English as a Second Language and have taught students from over 60 countries from around the world. I help students of all levels of English accomplish their reading, writing, listening, and speaking goals. Additionally, I instruct students on how to master elements of pronunciation and grammar so that they can use English confidently, accurately, and with ease.

Would you like to improve your listening, speaking, reading, or writing skills in English as a second language? If your goal is to strengthen your everyday or professional language skills, join me for a dynamic and personalized tutoring session! We will work together as a team to improve your language skills so that you feel more comfortable in an English-speaking environment.

I come from a family of teachers and helping others achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals is a great passion I have in life. There is no greater feeling for a teacher to see a student work hard and persist through challenges to achieve their potential. I believe in the power of every student to develop and strengthen their skills. Through many years of experience, I am learning and perfecting my teaching techniques so that I can motivate and lead students to be the best version of themselves.

Students can expect to have clear, organized, and focused activities that are targeted to their specific goals and needs. I will assign homework every week so that you can continue to work on the skills we practice together. Learning a language is like building a muscle- the more you use it, the stronger you will become! In addition to many opportunities for practice, I will use authentic materials in English so that you can see the ways native speakers use the language every day. Lastly, I know that learning a second language is not easy, and for this reason I will always do my best to make sure that you feel comfortable during the lessons. Over time, I will encourage you to take more risks in English so that you can expand your foundation in the language. You have all of the tools to understand and produce English, come work with me and we can put them into practice!

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