Progressive Tenses

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Progressive Verb Tenses Meaning & Use of Progressive* Verb Tenses in English Present Progressive Past Progressive *(Progressive tense is sometimes called “Continuous.”) turn your speakers on to listen Adapted from http://www.azargrammar.com/materials/uueg/UUEG_PowerPoint.html Macdonald.Judith@spcollege.edu ~ St. Petersburg College

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Present Progressive ( am/are/is + ___ ing ) Use present progressive for: temporary activities* activities that are in progress/happening at the moment of speaking 1. The children are playing right now in the next room. What do you think they are doing ? *(Temporary = not permanent) Look! It is beginning to rain. I’m glad I have my umbrella with me.

Use the present progressive for activities that are in progress (happening) at the moment of speaking. :

Use the present progressive for activities that are in progress (happening) at the moment of speaking. I need an umbrella because it is raining . began raining will probably continue raining into the future now (raining) Temporary = not permanent; something that does not exist forever.

Past Progressive (was/were + ___ ing) :

Past Progressive ( was/were + ___ ing ) While I was walking down the street, it began to rain. began walking down the street* it began to rain now *One past event began before another and continued for a period of time . It is no longer happening. Use past progressive for: activities that were in progress/happening at a particular time in the past (or for a period of time in the past).

Practice Complete each sentence with the correct form of the verb in parenthesis (present progressive or past progressive).:

Practice Complete each sentence with the correct form of the verb in parenthesis (present progressive or past progressive). 1. Maria ____________ ( listen ) to jazz music all day yesterday. 2. You’re daydreaming! What ______________( you, think ) about? 3 . My baby must be very tired. She _____________( still, sleep ). 4. Last night I ____________ ( study ) really hard for my English test. Now I __________ ( feel ) confident that I will do well! Click to check your answers. are you thinking am feeling is still sleeping was listening was studying PRESENT: am/are/is + ing or PAST: was/were + ing

Review :

Review Present Progressive temporary activities activities that are in progress at the moment of speaking Past Progressive activities that were in progress at a particular time in the past activity began activity ended now