Présent indicatif

French Present Tense

Le Présent is the present tense of the indicative mood. It's used to express current actions and states of being.

French's single present tense is equivalent to both English present tenses: Simple Present and Present Progressive.

For example

Je regarde la télé.
I'm watching telly.

Les enfants jouent dans le jardin.
The children play in the garden.

To stress the continuous nature of an action in French, you can use the expression être en train de + infinitive.

For example

Tu étais en train de parler et Paul t'a interrompu.
You were speaking and Paul interrupted you.

See also: French Présent and All French tenses

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