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English Grammar: Present Continuous vs. Past Continuous

by Jordan V. | English and Writing FREE

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


Jordan has been teaching English as a Second Language for over ten years and has taught students from over 60 countries around the world. She loves teaching English and uses creative activities and everyday examples to help students communicate both effectively and accurately. Jordan's warmth, patience, and individualized approach with students creates a positive learning environment that motivates them to succeed. When tutoring, Jordan carefully integrates students' interests and goals into her lessons so that each session is unique and targeted. She believes that a good teacher can change students' lives and dedicates herself to helping students achieve their full potential. Jordan has helped students achieve a variety of goals, including going to college or graduate school, improving

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