Present Continuous / Progressive Tense in Japanese Language ~te iru (~ている)

どうも皆さん(=^・^=)、hello everybody welcome back to JLO (Japanese Learning Online) blog, with me riizhu here we are going to learn Japanese language lessons, and the lesson for today is to express present continuous or progressive tense in Japanese using ~te iru (~ている) form. Are you ready to learn, learners? Ok, let's begin.

But, before we start, be sure you able to conjugate a verb into te-form, if you can't, you can learn it in the link below.


If the requirements are met, let's learn today's grammar lesson^^.

First of all, change the verb into te-form and then attach iru to the end of te-form verb. Example:
買う ー 買っている
kau - katte iru
to buy - buying
待つ ー 待っている
matsu - matte iru
to wait - waiting
読む ー 読んでいる
yomu - yonde iru
to read - reading
食べる ー 食べている
taberu - tabete iru
to eat - eating
見る ー 見ている
miru - mite iru
to see - seeing
する ー している
suru - shite iru
to do - doing
来る ー 来ている
kuru - kite iru
to come - coming

This grammar is used when to describe ongoing action, continuous action that is happening in the present, And here are some complete examples:
私は日本語を 勉強している
watashi wa nihongo o benkyou shite iru
I am learning Japanese language
ノラガミの漫画を 読んでいる
noragami no manga o yonde iru
I am reading Noragami manga
今何を しているの?
ima, nani o shite iru?
what are you doing, now?
寿司を 食べている よ
sushi o tabete iru yo
I am eating sushi, you know
あの話している人は田中さんです
ano hanashite iru hito wa tanaka-san desu
that person who speaking is Tanaka-san


And change the iru to masu form, become imasu to make your sentence to be polite. Example:
私は日本語を 勉強しています
watashi wa nihongo o benkyou shite imasu
I am learning Japanese language
ノラガミのアニメを観ています
noragami no anime o mite imasu
I am watching anime Noragami
今、何をしていますか
ima, nani o shite imasu ka
what are you doing, right now
This form can also be used to express habitual action or something that frequently happens. Example:
毎日、私はアニメをいつも観ている
mainichi, watashi wa anime o itsumo mite iru yo
I always watch anime every day
普段、母は毎週にデパートに行っています
fudan, haha wa maishuu ni depaato ni itte imasu
My mother usually goes to the department store every week
And sometimes native speakers (Japanese people) omitted い and become てる、this is a slang / Japanese informal contruction. Example:
今、寿司を食べてる
ima, sushi o tabeteru
I am eating sushi, now
毎日、アニメを見てる
mainichi, anime o miteru
I am watching anime every day
And if you use te-iru in negative form to say something has not done or happened, usually this form is followed by まだ which means yet. Example:
パンをまだ食べていない
pan o mada tabete inai
I haven't eaten bread yet
家に帰っていません
uchi ni kaette imasen
I have not returned home

Alright, that is the today's lesson^^, I hope you enjoyed the lesson how to make present conituous / progressive tense in Japanese Language using ~te iru^^, and don't forget to share this lesson with your social media friends^^. Ok, I'll be right back guys, see you soon in the next lesson^^ jikai mo tanoshimi ni, mata ne.

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