Verbs: Perfect Progressive Tense

Jared Aragona

Verbs: Perfect progressive tense: Use the auxiliary verbs “to have” and “to be” + present participle to form the perfect progressive tense correctly.

Perfect Progressive tense shows action in progress up until a completed time in the past, present, or future.


Past Perfect Progressive:

 The pelicans had been flying back and forth all morning.

 I had been working at my desk all weekend long.


Present Perfect Progressive:

 Juanita has been eating a vegetarian diet since her senior year of high school.

 We have been getting our proofs ready for class.


Future Perfect Progressive:

 Martha’s Restaurant will have been serving customers for fifty years next June.

 They will have been going to the same school all the way until they graduate.


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