Level 2 Lesson 10 / Present Progressive / -고 있어요

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Welcome back to another lesson on TENSEs! In this lesson we are introducing how to make sentences in the present progressive form, such as “I’m eating.” “I’m studying.” and “I’m driving.” The basic construction in the present tense is VERB STEM + -고 있어요 [-go i-sseo-yo], and you can find out how to say this in the past tense and the future tense as well by listening to the lesson. Be sure to answer the quiz at the end of the lesson as well!

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You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.

  • 페트라

    어제 이 시간에 로큰롤을 춤추고 있었어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      로큰롤 음악에 맞춰 춤추고 있었어요 sound more natural. :)

    • 페트라

      정말 감사합니다. :)
      Could you tell me what 맞춰 means?

  • Jaque Mende

    A. 어제 이 시간에 뭐 하고 있어요?

    B. 어제 이 시간에 한국어를 공부하고 있었어요~

  • Nancy

    어제 이 시간에 BTS 듣고 있었어요.

    • 태한이

      Bts ? 방탄소년단도 좋아요 ? ㅋㅋㅋ 누가 촣아요 ?

  • laura

    어제 이 시간에 자는 있었어요.
    is this correct?

  • 태한이

    어제 이 사간에 뭐 하고있었어요 ?

    친구 세 명 같이 드라마를 보고 있었어요 .

  • ★ Mae ☆

    Q :어제 이 시간에 뭐 하고있었어요?

    A: 어제 밤에 학교에 가고있었어요.
    (I was going to school last night.)
    (I was on my way to school last night. <– this is what I meant)
    Did I do it correctly? Thank you. :3

  • Kat

    A: 어제 퇴근 하고 있었어요.
    (I was leaving work.)

    I have a feeling this sentence isn’t quite right… only because I am not sure how to use the word “퇴근.”

    If you could correct this, I would super appreciate that!

    감사합니다. ^^

  • Brianna Mae

    Q: 어제 이 시간에 뭐 하구 있었어요?

    A: 어제 밤에 자구 있었어요.
    (I was sleeping last night.)