After Learning Simple Present Tense of “To be” in Marathi, it is easy to march toward learning Present Continuous tense (PCT) in Marathi.

In English PCT sentence is formed as follows :

“Pronoun” “form of To be” “Verb+-ing”
I am doing

Similarly in Marathi PCT sentence is formed as follows :

“Pronoun” “form of verb in Simple Present Tense” “form of असणे (asaNe)”
मी करतो आहे

I -> मी Do -> कर Am -> आहे

Let us take another example. “He eats” in Marathi is “तो खातो”. Form of असणे(“asaNe”) for He is “आहे”(Ahe). So, “तो खातो” followed by “आहे” -> “तो खातो आहे” is Present Continuous ( He is eating)

Similarly, ती रडते –> ती रडते आहे (tI raDate Ahe) is Present Continuous ( She is crying)

There are few exceptions for the pronoun “You” and “They”

1) Exception for “You” : You (male) eat –> तू खातोस (tU khAtos )
The form of असणे(“asaNe”) for You is आहेस(Ahes). So as per the above rule Present continuous sentence will be “तू खातोस आहेस”. But an exception is that ending स(s) is not used in verb खातो. The sentence will be “तू खातो आहेस”.

2) Exception for “They” : They (plural of He/She/It) eat –> ते/त्या/ती खातात (te/tyA/ I khAtAt )
The form of असणे(“asaNe”) for You is आहेत (Ahet). So as per the above rule Present continuous sentence will be “ते/त्या/ती खातात आहेत”.
But the exception is that ending तात (tAt) is not used in verb खा. Instead, only त(t) is used. The sentence will be “ते/त्या/ती खात आहेत”.

Listen examples of Style 1 and Style 2

So the below chart lists the suffixes of present continuous (which is internally a combination of suffixes for general verb and “to be” in Present continuous). Exceptions highlighted.

Pronoun in EnglishPronoun in MarathiSuffix for common verbs in Simple Present
Form of असणे(“asaNe”) in Simple Present Combined suffix for Present Continuous
I (male)
तो आहे
I (female)
ते आहे
तो आहोत
we ( listener including)
तो आहोत
You (singular male)
तो आहेस
You (singular female)तू
ते आहेस
You (plural)
आहातता आहात
He / That (m.) / This (m.)तो / तो / हा
तोआहेतो आहे
She / That (f.)/ This (f.)ती / ती / ही
ते आहे
It / That(n.) / This (n.)ते / ते / हे
ते आहे
They (Plural of He) /Those (m.) /These (m.)ते / ते / हे
त आहेत
They (Plural of She) / Those (f.) / These (f.) त्या / त्या / ह्या
त आहेत
They (Plural of it) / Those (n.) / These (n.)ती / ती / ही
आहेतत आहेत

Few examples :

I ( male) am doing. मी करतो आहे (mI karato Ahe)
I (female) am doing.मी करते आहे (mI karate Ahe)
We are dancing.आम्ही/आपण नाचतो आहोत (AmhI/ApaN nAchato Ahot)
You (male) are crying.तू रडतो आहेस (tU raDato Ahes)
You (female) are crying.तू रडते आहेस (tU raDate Ahes)
You (Plural) are walkingतुम्ही चालता आहात (tumhI chAlatA AhAt)
He is walking.तो चालतो आहे (to chalato Ahe)
She is speaking.ती बोलते आहे (tI bolate Ahe)
It is moving. ते हलते आहे (te halate Ahe)
They are dancing.ते/ त्या/ ती नाचत आहेत (te/tyA/tI nAchat Ahet )

Style 2 of present continuous tense

Second style of present continuous tense is the same as above. The only difference is that for all nouns and pronouns the suffix for the verb is त(t).

Both styles are correct and part of standard Marathi. So this form is a bit simpler way for the new learner.

I ( male) am doing.
Style 1: मी करतो आहे (mI karato Ahe)
Style 2 : मी करत आहे (mI karat Ahe)

She is speaking.
Style 1: ती बोलते आहे (tI bolate Ahe)
Style 2: ती बोलत आहे (tI bolat Ahe)

It is moving.
Style 1: ते हलते आहे (te halate Ahe)
Style 2: ते हलत आहे (te halat Ahe)

You (male) are crying.
Style 1: तू रडतो आहेस (tU raDato Ahes)
Style 2: तू रडत आहेस (tU raDat Ahes)

Learning these rules will help you study the rules in Marathi for other continuous tenses.


Try creating sentences with different verbs using above rules. Crosscheck them by creating same by “verb forms” feature on