Verb + 고 있다 (2)

Let’s take a look at the pattern Verb + 있다. We have learned about this before as the rough equivalent of the present progressive tense in English (e.g. I am eating, she is sleeping, they are playing). But did you know that it is casually used as a command in Korean? Without the word 계속, it means keep doing something or to continue doing something. For example, you are having a meal and someone starts talking about things you have no interest of. Here, you can tell her to stop talking and keep eating. The person must have started eating before you make such a command.

이러다가 다치겠다 잡고 있어.
You'll get hurt. Hold my hand.

조용히 . 먹고 있어.
Be quiet. Eat.

듣고 있어.
Keep listening to the music.
(don’t remove the earphone)

시험 보고 있어.
Keep taking the test.
(don’t look around)

숙제 하고 있어.
Keep doing your homework.
(stop chatting with your friends)