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Present Continuous Spelling Rules | Useful -ING Rules


Present Continuous Spelling Rules – Learn useful spelling rules (-ING rules) for the Present Continuous tense in English with examples.

Present Continuous Spelling Rules

Basically, the Present Continuous tense is formed by adding -ing to the base verb.

  • Most verbs add -ing

-ING Rules Examples:

Eat – eating

Speak – speaking

Cook – cooking

Start – starting

Do – doing

Stay – staying

Fix – fixing

  • Most verbs ended with -y, add -ing


Buy – buying

Enjoy – enjoying

Play – playing

Say – saying

Try – trying

  • Verbs that ended with -e, drop the -e and add -ing


Make – making

Write – writing

Drive – driving

Take – taking

Have – having

Shave – shaving

Share – sharing

Shake – shaking

  • Verbs that ended with -ee, add -ing


See – seeing

Agree – agreeing

  • Verbs ended with a consonant preceded by a vowel, double the consonant and add -ing

Present Continuous Spelling Examples:

Swim – swimming

Run – running

Get – getting

Stop – stopping

Sit – sitting

Put – putting

Skip – skipping

Travel – travelling

Regret – regretting

  • Do not double the letter if the words ends in two consonants


Help – helping

Talk – talking

Work – working

  • Two-syllable verbs: the last consonant is doubled when the last syllable is stressed


Forget – forgetting

Upset – upsetting

Prefer – preferring

  • Do not double the letter if the word has two or more syllables and the last part is not stressed.


Visit (first part is stressed) – visiting

Benefit (first part is stressed) – benefiting

  • Do not double the letter if the word ends in -y or -w


Buy – buying

Enjoy – enjoying

Snow – snowing

  • Verbs ended with -ie, change -ie to -y, add -ing


Lie – lying

Die – dying

  • Verbs ended with -c, change -c to -ck

-ING Rules Examples:

Picnic – picnicking

  • Exceptions:

Age – ageing

Dye – dyeing

Singe – singeing

Budget – budgeting

Enter – entering

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