Present Progressive Spelling Rules


Also See:

Present Continuous Tense
Simple Present Tense
Simple Present vs Progressive

Most Common Rule


We add only "ing" to most of the verbs.

speak.....speaking
read.....reading

Rule 2


When we don’t pronounce the last "e" of a verb (when it’s not strong), we drop it.

make.....making
take.....taking

I am writing an e-mail right now. (the last letter “e” is silent)

Note: when the last letter "e" is strong, we cannot drop it.

I am seeing my dentist today. ( see.....seeing)


Rule 3


When the verb has one-syllable and ends with consonant + vowel + consonant (CVC rule), we double the last consonant and then add "ing".

run.....running
sit.....sitting

Note: the letters "w – x and y" are exceptions to this rule. fix.....fixing
enjoy.....enjoying


Rule 4


When the verb has two or more syllables and ends with consonant + vowel + consonant (CVC), we double the last consonant if the last syllable is stressed.

Commit.....committing
Admit.....admitting


Rule 5


We change “ie” to “y” for the verbs ending in those letters.

lie.....lying
tie.....tying
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