Verbs: Progressive Tense

Jared Aragona

Verbs: Progressive tense: Use the auxiliary verb “to be” + a present participle to form progressive verb tenses correctly.


Progressive tense shows action in progress in the past, present, or future:


Past Progressive:

The car was swerving from lane to lane.

The brothers were waving at everyone they passed.


Present Progressive:

Frederick is serving a dish from every continent.

The graduates are lining up behind the auditorium.


Future Progressive:

The Martians will be landing in South Dakota.

Maurice will be camping nearby.


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