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6 The Present Progressive:

Wh- Questions

At the Movies

Focus on Grammar 1
Part V, Unit 16
By Ruth Luman, Gabriele Steiner, and BJ Wells
Copyright 2006. Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whats
Whats happening?
happening?
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aliens
are Ahhh!! Whats
This movie is
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life on the
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Form
Form
Begin wh- questions in the present progressive with a
question word like what, where, why, who, or how. Use
am, is, or are + the ing form of the verb.

Be
Wh- Word Verb Subject -ing Verb Form

What am I doing?

Where is he going?

Who are you meeting?


Who
Who

Use who to ask about a person.

Who is he
talking to?

Who are
they
directing?
Why
Why

Use why to ask for reasons.

Because this Why are you


is the funny laughing?
part.
Look at the underlined words.
Practice 1 Then make questions with the
present progressive.

Example:
Question: Where is he standing?
Answer: He is standing in front of the movie projector.

1. Question: What are they watching?


TheyQuestion: Where
are watching is he standing?
a romantic movie.
Answer: He is standing in front of the projector.
2. Question: Why is she leaving?
Shes leaving because the movie is too scary.

3. Question: Who are you sitting with?


Im sitting with my friends.
Answers
Answers
In informal conversation, answers are often
short.

Whats playing at A new romantic movie!


Ugh
the theater?
Intonation
Intonation
In wh- questions, your voice goes up and
down at the end.

What are they wearing?

Why are they standing?


Work with a partner. Ask and

Practice 2 answer questions about the


pictures. Practice intonation and
short answers.
Example: what / he / eat
Question: What is he eating?
Question: What is he eating?
Short Answer: A lot of junk food.
Short Answer: A lot of junk food.

1. Where / he / hide 2. Why / she / cry 3. Who / you / talk to


References
References

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