Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|2. I am doing and I do

I’m hungry. I want something to eat.

Read the rules

We use continuous forms for actions and happenings that have started but not finished (they are eating / it is raining etc.). Some verbs (for example, know and like) are not normally used in this way. We don’t say «I am knowing» or «they are liking»; we say «I know«, «they like«.

The following verbs are not normally used in the present continuous:

like, love, hate, want, need, prefer
know, realise, suppose, mean, understand, believe, remember
belong, fit, contain, consist, seem


1. I’m hungry. I want something to eat. (not I’m wanting)

2. Do you understand what I mean?

3. Ann doesn’t seem very happy at the moment.

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When think means «believe» or «have an opinion», we do not use the continuous:

1. I think Mary is Canadian, but I’m not sure. (not I’m thinking)

2. What do you think about my plan? (= What is your opinion?)

When think means «consider», the continuous is possible:

1. I‘m thinking about what happened. I often think about it.

2. Nicky is thinking of giving up her job. (= she is considering it)

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He is selfish and He is being selfish

He‘s being = He’s behaving / He’s acting. Compare:

1. I can’t understand why he‘s being so selfish. He isn’t usually like that. (being selfish = behaving selfishly at the moment)

2. He never thinks about other people. He is very selfish. (not He is being) (= He is selfish generally, not only at the moment)

We use am/is/are being to say how somebody is behaving. It is not usually possible in other sentences:

1. It‘s hot today. (not It is being hot)

2. Sarah is very tired. (not is being tired)

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See, hear, smell, taste

We normally use the present simple (not continuous) with these verbs:

1. Do you see that man over there? (not Are you seeing)

2. This room smells. Let’s open a window.

We often use can + see/hear/smell/taste:

I can hear a strange noise. Can you hear it?

Read the rules

Look, feel

You can use the present simple or continuous to say how somebody looks or feels now:

1. You look well today. or You‘re looking well today.

2. How do you feel now? or How are you feeling now?

3. I usually feel tired in the morning. (not I’m usually feeling)


Four sentences contain mistakes. Tick ☑ two sentences which are correct


Some state verbs may be used in the Сontinuous form if they have an «action» meaning and refer to an action in progress at a certain moment:

Stative meaning

Active meaning

Do you have a car?


They are having dinner at the moment.


This milk tastes sour.

(has a sour taste)

I was just tasting the food.

(testing, trying)

What do you see?

(notice with eyes)

I‘m seeing my dentist this afternoon.


I feel that you are wrong.


How are you feeling?

(your physical state now)

This melon weighs 2 kg.

(its weight is 2 kg)

The shop assistant is weighing the melon.

(measuring its weight)

☑ Nicky is thinking of giving up her job.


Correct all these sentences. Pay attention to the use of Present Simple or the Present Continuous

Use the words to make sentences. (You should also study Lesson 3 before you do this exercise.)

Put the verb into the correct form: the Present Simple or Present Continuous



Complete the sentences using the most suitable form of be. Sometimes you must use the simple (am/is/are) and sometimes the continuous is more suitable (am/is/are being)

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.

Урок Homework Курс
  • The rule
  • Think
  • He is selfish
  • See, hear, smell, taste
  • Look, feel
  • Right or wrong
  • Correct mistakes
  • You don't seem very happy
  • Are you hungry?
  • Am/is/are
  • Homework
  1. 1. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|1. I am doing and I do
  2. 2. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|2. I am doing and I do
  3. 3. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|3. I did
  4. 4. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|4. I was doing
  5. 5. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|5. I have done
  6. 6. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|6. I have done 2
  7. 7. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|7. I have been doing
  8. 8. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|8. I've been doing / I've done
  9. 9. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|9. How long have you (been)...?
  10. 10. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|10. For/since; When/How long?
  11. 11. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|11. I have done and I did
  12. 12. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|12. I have done and I did 2
  13. 13. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|13. I had done
  14. 14. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|14. I had been doing
  15. 15. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|15. The future: I am doing / I do
  16. 16. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|16. I will and I'm going to
  17. 17. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|17. Future: Continuous/Perfect
  18. 18. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|18. Conditional I
  19. 19. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|19. Can, could and (be) able to
  20. 20. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|20. Have to and must
  21. 21. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|21. If I do... and If I did...
  22. 22. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|22. If I knew... I wish I knew...
  23. 23. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|23. Conditional III
  24. 24. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|24. Wish
  25. 25. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|25. Is done / was done
  26. 26. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|26. Be/been/being + done
  27. 27. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|27. Passive 3
  28. 28. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|28. Passive: He is said to...
  29. 29. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|29. Have something done
  30. 30. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|30. He said that...
  31. 31. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|31. Say and Tell
  32. 32. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|32. Do you know where..?
  33. 33. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|33. Auxiliary verbs; so/neither
  34. 34. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|34. Do you? Isn't it? etc.
  35. 35. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|35. Gerund
  36. 36. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|36. Verb + to Infinitive
  37. 37. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|37. Verb + Object + to Infinitive
  38. 38. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|38. -ing or to: change in meaning
  39. 39. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|39. Try/Need/Help: -ing or to
  40. 40. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|40. Like / Would like: -ing or to
  41. 41. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|41. Some/any/no/none
  42. 42. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|42. Much/many/few/little
  43. 43. Adults|Grammar|Intermediate|43. Both/either/neither/all/every