Present Continuous – Interrogative form

You will study the Present Continuous in the Interrogative form.


Present Continuous – Interrogative form

Science and Technology in the United States

Instructions: Read the following text. Look at the words in bold.

Is the United States experiencing a great technology development?

Well, the United States Constitution itself reflects the desire to encourage scientific creativity. It gives the United States Congress the power “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writing and discoveries" This clause formed the basis for the U.S. patent and copyright systems, whereby creators of original art and technology would get a government granted monopoly, which after a limited period would become free to all citizens, thereby enriching the public domain.

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Getting started: Digital technology

Instructions: Read the following information about the US:

Technology has become a huge part in society and day-to-day life. Digital technology is entering a social system process, which is constructing another worldwide communication system.

Since the creation of computers achieved an entire better approach to transmit and store data, digital technology became commonly used for downloading music and watching movies at home either by DVD or purchasing it online. Digital music records are not quite the same as traditional recording media. Obviously, because digital ones are reproducible, portable and free.

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Digital technology questions

Instructions: Match que questions and the answers.


No, it isn’t.
Yes, it is.
Yes, they are.

1. Is digital technology entering a social system process?

2. Is it defining the worldwide communication system?

3. Are digital recordings being reproduced by free?

Digital technology questions

Let’s learn about the Present Continuous in the interrogative form.

Instructions: Look at the following information about the Present Continuous in the interrogative form:

Remember: The Present Continuous tense is used to express actions that are in progress at the time of speaking.

In the interrogative form we use the verb To Be as an auxiliary at the beginning of the question and we add ING to the main verb. Examples:

Are you studying English?

Is she working in China?

Are they reading a novel?

Look at the word order in the interrogative form:

Auxiliary To Be Subject Verb+Ing Complement? Yes / no
Is technology changing day by day? Yes, it is. / No, it isn’t.
Are American people inventing new things? Yes, they are. / No, they aren’t.

Questions in Present Continuous

Instructions: Choose the appropriate form of the verb To Be in the following questions:

1. Am/Is/ Are you studying the Present Continuous Tense?

2. Am/Is/ Are they doing their English homework?

3. Am/Is/ Are David helping them?

4. Am/Is/ Are Mary going to the movies?

5. Am/Is/ Are we waiting for the teacher?


Questions and answers

Instructions: Complete the following dialogues with the right form of the verb To Be (Am, Is or Are)

  1. you watching an interesting program?
  2. No, I am not. I watching a movie.
  3. Michael working on a new project?
  4. Yes, he is. We doing it together.
  5. your mates helping you?
  6. No, they aren’t. Alice practicing maths and Michael studying for the biology exam.


Technology side effects

Instructions: Choose the right options in the following text.

Although there are a lot of positive aspects in technology in society, there are negative side effects as well. Within this virtual area, social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchatis altering/are altering the way Generation Y is understanding/are understanding the world and thus the way young people is seeing/are seeing themselves. In recent years, there has been more research on the development of social media depression in users of sites like these. “Facebook Depression” is when users are so affected by their friends' posts and lives that their own jealousy depletes their sense of self-worth. Another negative effect of technology in society is how quickly it is pushing/are pushing younger generations into maturity. With the world at their fingertips, children can learn anything they wish to. But with the uncensored sources from the internet, without proper supervision, children can be exposed to explicit material at inappropriate ages.

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