How to form questions. Present Continuous

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Let's learn the question forms of the Present Continuous. There are also lots of examples to help make everything very clear. Before we get started, please note that this is also often called the Present Progressive tense. 

Present Continuous yes/no questions (positive)


Questions that can be answered with "yes" or "no" answers are formed by inverting the subject and correct form of the verb "be" (am / is / are). (Inverting simply means we change the order of the subject and verb form:)

Affirmative statement:  I am coming. (the subject "I" is first, then the verb form "am")

Affirmative question:  Am I coming?  (to make a question, the verb form "am" comes first then the subject "I").


  • Am I reading a book right now?
  • Is he speaking on the phone with your teacher?
  • Is the baby still crying?
  • Is the dog eating his food now?
  • Are we cooking together at this moment?
  • Are they sleeping yet?

Wh- questions Present Continuous


We can also use contractions for the following wh- questions:

who is = who's                   what is = what's               where is = where's         when is = when's

why is = why's                    how is = how's


Where is he going?

Where's she traveling to?

How are getting to the store?

Why are the buses running late?

What is my dog eating?

What's the policeman saying?

What are those kids playing with?

Where are my children hiding?

How's your new phone working?

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