In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot goes through an introduction on progressive tenses. She starts by explaining what a progressiv tense is, then discusses the present progressive tenses, past progressive tense, future progressive tense, perfect progressive tense, past perfect progressive tense, and finally the future perfect progressive tense.
Progressive tenses describe an action that is ongoing at the time being described.
To form the present progressive tense, add the present tense of to be (am, is, are) to the present participle form of the main verb. Use the present progressive for actions currently in progress and future actions that will occur at a specific time.
To form the past progressive tense, combine the past tense of to be (was, were) to the present participle form of the main verb. Use the past progressive for actions that were in progress in the past.
To form the future progressive tense, add will be to the present progressive form of the verb. Use this tense for actions that will be in progress at a certain point in the future.
A verb in a perfect progressive tense describes an action that has been in progress for some time as of the time being discussed.
To form the present perfect progressive tense, add have/has been to the present participle form of the main verb. Use it for actions that have been in progress for a long time.
To form the past perfect progressive tense, add had been to the present participle form of the main verb. Use it for actions that had been in progress for a length of time as of some point in the past.
To form the future perfect progressive tense, add will have been to the present progressive form of the main verb. Use it to express how long an action will be in progress.
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