How do we spell the Present Continuous Tense?
We make the present continuous tense by adding -ing to the base verb. Normally it's simple - we just add -ing. But sometimes we have to change the word a little. Perhaps we double the last letter, or we drop a letter. Here are the rules to help you know how to spell the present continuous tense.
|Basic rule||Just add -ing to the base verb:|
|Exception 1||If the base verb ends in consonant + stressed vowel + consonant, double the last letter:
(vowels = a, e, i, o, u)
|Note that this exception does not apply when the last syllable of the base verb is not stressed:|
|Exception 2||If the base verb ends in ie, change the ie to y:|
|Exception 3||If the base verb ends in vowel + consonant + e, omit the e:|
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