Present Continuous – Positive form

You will study the Present Continuous in the Positive form.


Present Continuous – Positive form

U.S. Foreign Policy Program

Imagen: Diplomatic relations between world stated and the United States. Public Domain.

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the expressions in bold.

The U.S. Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities the United States is facing overseas and to assess the pressures and political dynamics shaping its foreign policy choices. The program goal is to provide insightful analysis and recommendations that help policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and the general public better understand how the United States is weighing its interests and values when making foreign policy decisions.

U.S. Foreign Policiy Program. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from


Getting started: US International challenges

Instructions: Read the text and do the activity suggested.

The United States faces a unique and growing set of international challenges as it is navigating a rapidly changing world. The rise of emerging powers like China, India, and Brazil is providing new opportunities for partnership, but it is also creating potential challenges to U.S. influence and interests. The spread of transnational problems such as climate change, infections disease, and terrorism is blurring the line between domestic and foreign policy, and it is drawing a wider range of government agencies into the decision-making mix on foreign policy.

U.S. Foreign Policiy Program. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from

US and the changing world

Instructions: Choose T (True) or F (False).

  1. The US is not facing any world changes.

  2. China, India and Brazil are emerging as powers.

  3. They are providing new opportunities for the U.S.

  4. They are also promoting potential problems.

  5. Terrorism is complicating domestic and foreign policy.

Present Continuous – Positive form

Let’s learn the Present Continuous tense in the positive form.

Instructions: Look at the following information about The Present Continuous tense.

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

We use the verb To Be as an auxiliary and we add ING to the main verb. Examples:

I am studying English.

She is working in Europe.

They are reading a book.

Look at the word order in the positive form:

Subject like or likes noun complement
The U.S. is working hard in its foreign affairs.
Other countries are facing some political problems.
I am doing a lot for peace.


Auxiliary verb in Present Continuous

Instructions: Write the appropriate form of To Be (am, is or are) for the following sentences:

  1. I working for an American Company.

  2. You writing an email to a friend.

  3. David reading an advertisement.

  4. Susan travelling to Chicago.

  5. They waiting for her at the airport.

  6. doneCheck


Present Continuous

Instructions: Write complete sentences using the verb To Be and the following prompts:

  1. The U.S. / facing a new relationship with the world.


  2. China and Russia / developing new political strategies.


  3. Europe / working on different agreements with the U.S.

  4. Latin America / meeting social problems related to its borders with the U.S.

  5. Some Asiatic countries / dealing with migration to the U.S.

  6. doneCheck


Partisan disagreement

Instructions: Choose the right options in the following text.

Bitter partisan disagreement at home frustrates efforts to formulate and sustain policy, potentially hinders the U.S. ability to lead by example, and raises questions about whether the United States will remain a reliable ally and partner. An American public skeptical that Washington is stricking/are strikingthe right balance between foreign and domestic policy and concerned that it is not concentrating/are not concentrating on the right foreign policy priorities further complicates the debate about America’s proper role in the world. By analyzing the forces that is driving/are driving and shaping foreign policy, the U.S. Foreign Policy program aims to understand how the United States makes decisions about the many challenges we is facing //are facing in the world today. U.S. Foreign Policiy Program.

Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from