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The progressive form of a verb usually describes things that are happening (or in progress).

The progressive is created by combining the verb ‘to be’ with the verb’s present participle (usually ending in ing).

For example,

John is talking in class.

Because ‘is’ is present tense, this is an example of the present progressive.


We can change this to the past progressive by changing the tense of the verb ‘to be’.

For example,

John was talking in class.

Remember, the progressive can be combined with the perfect by adding a form of the verb ‘to have’.


Your Turn…

1. Which auxiliary verb is required in the progressive tense?
To have
To do
To be

2. What does the auxiliary verb combine with when writing the progressive tense?
The past participle
The present participle
The future participle

3. Which are the two main versions of the progressive tense?
Past and present
Future and past
Male and female

4. Which verb determines whether the progressive is past or present?
The auxiliary verb
The participle
The imperative verb

5. Which of the following is a example of progressive tense?
I am looking for someone.
I walked to school.
I smell nice.

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