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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:45 PM

Post by khan sameer ahmed on October 20, 2013

how 'since the day we met' indicates that it is present perfect progressive tense?

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Last reply by: John Stedge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:33 PM

Post by barbara woroch on June 24, 2013

I am a little mixed up with perfect tenses. Is there a chart that will help summarize this information.

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Wed May 22, 2013 11:45 AM

Post by Keitaro Okura on May 21, 2013

On the slide on the "future perfect progressive tense," I think there is an error (?). Do we add "will have been" with the present 'progressive' form of the verb or the present 'participle' form of the verb?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:07 PM

Post by PABLO AGREDANO on December 5, 2012

i am a little confused with how the past progressive is used. i understand that it was an on-going action in the past. what i do not understand is whether it is still ongoing in the present and the future or if it was ongoing in the past and also finished in the past

Progressive Tenses

  • 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.

Progressive Tenses

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:06
  • What is a Progressive Tense? 0:36
    • What It Describes
    • Formed
    • Present participle Form
  • Present Progressive Tense 1:12
    • Form the Present Progressive Tense
    • Use and Examples
  • Past Progressive Tense 2:02
    • Formed
    • Examples
  • Future Progressive Tense 3:03
    • Form the Future Perfect Tense
    • When to Use
    • Examples
  • Perfect Progressive Tenses 3:45
    • Verb in Perfect Progressive Tense Describes
    • Form
    • Examples
  • Past Perfect Progressive Tense 5:05
    • Formed
    • Use
    • Examples
  • Future Perfect Progressive Tense 6:02
    • Form
    • Use
    • Examples
  • Using Progressive Tenses Practice 6:53
  • Using Progressive Tenses Answers 7:27
  • Using Perfect Progressive Tenses Practice 8:31
  • Using Perfect Progressive Tenses Answers 9:08
  • Use the Correct Tense Practice 10:12
  • Use the Correct Tense Answers 10:44