Ongoing actions

Ongoing actions

When you want to express that a particular action or state is ongoing or continuous, there are a couple of different ways you can go about it.

The simplest way is to use 在, our location marker from earlier.

He is playing on his phone.

We are studying.

You can turn this into 正在 to stress the fact that the action is ongoing at that exact moment.

I’m washing clothes right now.

An alternate way to stress the immediacy is to add 现在.

The dog is drinking water right now.