Être en train de : expressing ongoing actions in the present

Look at the sentences:

Elle est en train de faire ses devoirsShe is doing her homework

Je suis en train de prendre ma doucheI'm having my shower

Nous sommes en train de décorer la chambre du bébé en ce moment-même.We are decorating the baby's room right now.


In French, there is no equivalent tense for the English Continuous Present (I'm doing) .

Le Présent (e.g. "Je vais") is used for both the Present tense ("I go...") and the Present Continuous ("I'm going...")

However, when you really want to emphasise the progression of the action, you can use the expression "être en train de" + infinitive (literally 'to be in the process of')

 

Also see Être en train de : expressing ongoing actions in the past

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Examples and resources

Elle est en train de faire ses devoirsShe is doing her homework
Nous sommes en train de décorer la chambre du bébé en ce moment-même.We are decorating the baby's room right now.
Elles sont en train de jouer, mais il commence à pleuvoirThey are playing, but it starts raining
Je suis en train de prendre ma doucheI'm having my shower
I'll be right with you...