How to Use Are to Describe Negative Continuous Action

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In this lesson, we shall learn to use ‘are’ to describe continuous negative action.

In this sentence, ‘are’ is used with another verb.

In these sentences, we use ‘are’ as a helping verb with the main verb. We should use the present participle of a verb which is the ‘-ing’ form of a verb.

Construction of a sentence using ‘are’

We can construct a sentence as:

  • We/ you/ they/ plural subject + are+ present participle (-ing form) of the main verb + other words + full stop (.)

Examples of ‘are’ in a sentence about continuous action

Let’s see how to use ‘are’ in negative continuous sentences with some examples.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. You are not learning technology.
    (main verb learn+ ing)
  2. They are not quarrelling with each other.
    (main verb quarrel+ ing)
  3. We are not listening to music.
    (main verb listen+ ing)
  4. They are not going to their home town.
     (main verb go+ ing)
  5. We are not coming to the annual function of your college.
     (main verb come+ ing)
  6. Students are not studying in the library.
    (main verb study+ ing)
  7. Teachers are not teaching optional subjects.
      (main verb teach+ ing)
  8. Squirrels are not eating fruit under the tree.
    (main verb eat+ ing)
  9. We are not brushing our teeth with toothpaste.
    (main verb brush+ ing)
  10. Children are not laughing at me.
    (main verb laugh+ ing)
  11. Cats are not crying on the roof.
    (main verb cry+ ing)
  12. You are not frying snacks.
    (main verb fry+ ing)
  13. You are not singing a song.
    (main verb say+ ing)
  14. They are not telling stories.
    (main verb tell+ ing)
  15. We are not watching an action movie.
    (main verb watch + ing)
  16. You are not writing a drama.
    (main verb write+ ing)
  17. You are not feeling well now.
    (main verb feel+ ing)
  18. Girls are not reading a novel.
    (main verb read+ ing)
  19. You are not closing the door.
    (main verb close+ ing)
  20. Dogs are not catching a ball.
    (main verb catch+ ing)
  21. The boys are not playing cricket.
    (main verb play+ ing)
  22. They are not glorifying it.
    (main verb glorify+ ing)
  23. Monkeys are not drinking water.
    (main verb drink+ ing)
  24. Maids are not cleaning the house.
    (main verb clean+ ing)
  25. Dogs are not pulling it.
    (main verb pull+ ing)
  26. Parrots are not pushing it.
    (main verb push+ ing)
  27. You are not opening the window.
    (main verb open+ ing)
  28. You are not booking a ticket.
    (main verb book+ ing)
  29. Students are not standing.
    (main verb stand+ ing)
  30. Girls are not sitting.
    (main verb sit+ ing)

 Related Lessons-

  1. Use of is: questions
  2. Use of are: continuous action
  3.                negative sentences
  4. Use of are: questions of continuous action
  5.               affirmative answers
  6.               negative answers

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