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              Progressive Tenses

Present-progressive tense verbs express continuing actions that are occurring now or express a continuing current condition.

            The present progressive tense is created with the auxiliary present

         tense be(am, is, are) plus a present participle (verb with an ing ending).

            

         I am studying for my exam.

            The scientist is conducting an experiment.

            Rachelle and Tom are hosting a holiday party.

            She is being irrational.


Past-progressive tense verbs express continuing actions that were happening at some point in the past or express a continuing past condition.

         The past progressive tense is created with the auxiliary past tense

         be (was, were) plus a present participle (verb with an ing ending).


            I was studying for my exam last night.

            We were beginning to think that you would not show up.

            Before dinner, Maggie was playing her guitar.

            John and Brian were being disruptive in class yesterday.


Future-progressive tense verbs express continuing actions that will be happening at some point in the future.

        The future progressive tense is created with the auxiliary verbs

        will be plus a present participle (verb with an ing ending).


            I will be studying for my exam all night.

            Tomorrow, Maggie will be performing at a local coffee shop.

            Leticia's and Alfie's youngest child will be attending the University of Chicago next year.