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Grammar detail: verb progressive form

verb progressive form - in progress
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いる
expresses the idea of an activity in progress. For an action or activity, the English equivalent would typically use '~ing' - for example, 'is doing ~'. English verbs that describe an ongoing state of affairs, such as 'I know ~', would typically use the progressive in Japanese.
なに
ている
です
What are you looking at?
The polite form of the present progressive uses います instead of いる:
わたし
かのじょ
彼女
とても
っています

I know her very well.
The progressive form is often abbreviated in colloquial speech by dropping the final い - for example, できている becomes できてる, できていません becomes できてません etc.
ひょうじょう
表情
ということまるでできてない
It’s as though you’re unable to show any expression.
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See also:
  • verb past progressive form - continuous past action
  • て form + おる - humble progressive

Kanji used in this grammar

カ   なに    なん what?   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
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リョウ   よ good   
3
チ   し to know   
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ヒョウ   おもて surface, front   あらわ to show, to present   あらわれる to be present, to appear   
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3
ジョウ   セイ   なさ emotion; circumstances   
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