Present Continuous for future – Negative

The Future is the tense used to predict or talk about future events.

When we use the Present Continuous structure we refer to fixed plans. When expressed in its Negative form, the verb denies something about the subject.

The Present Continuous in its Negative form of the verb to work has this structure:
Subject + verb to be + not + [base form of the verb + -ing].

SUBJECT TO BE – NEGATION PRESENT PARTICIPLE  SHORT FORM
I am not working  I’m not
You are not working You aren’t
He is not working He isn’t
She is not working She isn’t
It is not working It isn’t
We are not working We aren’t
You are not working You aren’t
They are not working They aren’t
  • I’m not meeting my younger sister tomorrow.
  • We aren’t having a birthday party next week.
  • They aren’t buying a new bath for their house next month.

We can use the Present Continuous tense:

  • To talk about planned activities or arrangements in the future;
  • When the time of the future activity has been already decided;
  • For fixed plans in the future.

We can use the Present Continuous to talk about the future in English. We do this when we refer to fixed plans. When used in its Negative form, something about the subject is denied.

The Present Continuous in its Negative form has this structure:
Subject + verb to be + not + [base form of the verb + -ing] (e.g. I’m not working.).

For example:
— “I’m not working the whole summer.” = In this case we use the Present Continuous because we want to talk about an arrangement for the near future.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.