Describing what people are doing

You will study how to describe what people are doing.


Describing what people are doing

The Obama Family

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the underlined verbs.

The family of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, is made up of people of Kenyan, English, African-American and Irish, French, Scottish, English, Welsh, German and Swiss ancestry, as established through Obama’s writing and other reports. The Obamas is the first family of african descent to reside in the White House.

The Obamas are President Barack Obama, who is holding hands with his daughters; Michelle Obama, who is dressing in black; Malia Obama, who is smiling next to her mother; and Sasha Obama, who is standing next to her father. In the above photograph, all of them are posing for a photo in the White house.

Family of Barack Obama. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from


Getting started: Listen and repeat

Instructions: Click on each sentence to repeat them all.

volume_up 1. I always get up at 6 o´clock.
volume_up 2. She does her homework every day.
volume_up 3. I take my dancing lessons on Saturdays.
volume_up 4. She´s doing her homework now.
volume_up 5. They´re playing video games at the moment.
volume_up 6. Rose is walking the dog right now.
volume_up 7. They aren´t drinking coffee.
volume_up 8. Are you studying at the library?
volume_up 9. Tony isn’t making a phone call.
volume_up 10. I’m not getting up early these days.
volume_up 11. The phone is ringing now.

What are people doing?

Instructions: Considering the above information to choose T (true) or F (false).

  1. She is watching T.V.

  2. Rose is out with the dog.

  3. They are drinking tea.

  4. Tony is on the phone.

  5. I’m late today.

Present Continuous

Let’s review how to describe what people is doing.

Instructions: Read the Present Continuous tense to describe what people is doing.

Use the present continuous tense to talk about activities happening now:

Examples: The Obama family is smiling very happily.

President Obama is holding hands with his daughters.

Use the present continuous tense to talk about activities happening around now, and not necessarily this moment.

Examples: American people are planning a big party for Halloween.

They are preparing their costumes.

Remember the word order.

Afirmative Negative Interrogative Yes / No Short Answers
I am playing football. I am not playing football. Are you playing football? Yes, I am. / No, I am not.
He is playing the guitar. He isn’t playing the guitar. Is he playing the guitar? Yes, he is. / No, he isn’t.
She is playing the guitar. She isn’t playing the guitar. Is she playing the guitar? Yes, she is. / No, she isn’t.
We are playing the guitar. We aren’t playing the guitar. Are you playing the guitar? Yes, we are. / No, we aren’t.
They are playing the guitar. They aren’t playing the guitar. Are they playing the guitar? Yes, they are. / No, they aren’t.


Practicing the Present Continuous

Instructions: Make sentences in the Present Continuous with the following prompts.

  1. Henry / run in the park with a friend.


  2. Henry / teach history in the Community College.


  3. Henry/have lunch in the cafeteria.


  4. Henry and his friends / play squash.


  5. Henry's students / go to tutoring sessions right now.


  6. Henry and Pamela / go to a music concert now.


  7. Henry / play basketball with James.


  8. doneCheck


Negative or interrogative form?

Instructions: Drag and drop words to make sentences.

Henry and his parents Are having brunch now
playing basketball with some friends he Is
aren’t having Henry and Jim a workshop now
isn’t doing Henry a research in the library.
isn’t lunch at home having Henry
Henry in the library working isn’t
Physics and Mathematics Henry Is teaching


Auxiliary To Be

Instructions: Complete the sentences with the appropriate form of the auxiliary verb To Be.

  1. It raining today.

  2. they getting along these days?

  3. She going right now!

  4. I watching television at this moment.

  5. We listening rock music.

  6. What you thinking about?

  7. We studying for the exam

  8. doneCheck