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て-Form VERB + いる as Ongoing Action (“am/is VERBing”)

て-Form VERB + いる as Ongoing Action (“am/is VERBing”)

One of the three expressions that the grammar construct て-Form VERB + いる represents is that of an ongoing action, which is very similar to the “am/is VERBing” present-progressive form used in the English language (i.e., “I am reading a book” or “he is sleeping “). However, because the て-Form VERB + いる construct can also be used to express habitual action and resultant states, it is important to be aware of which types of verbs are associated with which expression.

Example (s):

Computer wo tsukatte imasu.
(I am using the computer.)

George Washington wa nete iru.
(George Washington is sleeping.)