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    Present contiuous tense and sentence structure

    Please advise whether the usage of present contiuous tense is correct:

    There are two children watching television programmes.

    Please advise whether the sentence structure and punctuation is correct:

    Two children are watching television programmes, three children are playing chess and one child is reading a book.

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    Re: Present contiuous tense and sentence structure

    Both of your sentences are correctly written. Note, however, that the first sentence is not an instance of the present continuous (a.k.a. present progressive) tense-form: the main VP (are) is present simple, and the subsequent 'watching' functions merely to introduce an adjectival postmodifier to the complement (children).

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