Questions tagged [progressive-aspect]

The progressive aspect expresses the dynamic quality of actions that are in progress.

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I will see my friend to the airport. Why the progressive seems to be not possible?

I assume this is correct: I will see my friend to the aiport. But for this, I cannot see a single hit on Google: I'm seeing my friend to the airport. I'm using the progressive to express that ...
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The future progressive form of the verb 'know'

It is generally said that the verb 'know' cannot be made a progressive form. But the future progressive form (will be knowing) seems to be an exception. b. But we are talking. The meeting is ...
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What part of speech is 'Hearing' in these sentences?

What is hearing in these sentences? Hearing the voice, the boy woke up. The boy woke up hearing the voice.
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'will be V-ing' vs. the present progressive [for future reading]

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 171-2): [22] i When we get there, they’ll probably still be having lunch. [aspectual meaning] ii Will you be going to the shops this ...
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What makes progressive verbs different from atelic, and can a verb be both atelic/telic, and/or progressive?

From what I've been reading about progressive verb forms those types of verbs are more often atelic, but I'm wondering if there are progressive forms that are exceptions to that. Or how can atelic/...
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Are both forms possible? Present perfect vs progressive

I'd like to know if both sentences could be possible. We've gone / We've been going to the same dentist since we were children. You've worn / You've been wearing that coat for years. Thank you in ...
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Using the Progressive Form of Be for a State of the Mind and Lately in Present Continuous

Firstly, is the following sentence correct? My brother is being unusually nervous lately. If correct, how is being nervous behavior? We usually use the progressive of be to describe a behavior or ...
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Confusing use of “seeing” and “having”

I have two questions concerning 1. "seeing" and 2. "having." 1. Can "seeing" be used as a noun which might be modified by an adjective? Here's the example I am referring to: "Star Trek Into Darkness ...
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How do durative sense verbs in simple perfective work with durative adverbial

I am reading the grammar book - A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language - these days. And now I am focusing on the 2 aspects - perfective and progressive - in Chapter 4: The semantics of the ...
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Why wasn't the past progressive tense used in: “As I flew over the city,…”

I saw the following sentence in a book titled Awaken The Giant Within As I flew over the city of Glendale, I suddenly recognized a large building, and I stopped the helicopter and hovered above it"...
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“Be” as an action in the past or as linking verb

She was smiling when she saw you. Is this the past continuous tense or is was acting as a linking verb between subject and predicate adjective? How can one distinguish easily between the two?
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Are past/present progessive and past/present perfect verb form, nonfinite?

I read that nonfinite verb form end in -ed,-ing or starts with to and another definition where nonfinite verb form show no tense. But on the other hand, I've read there are past and present ...
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Sentence formation of a past incident

I need help with finding out which of the below sentences is correct: Since she wore glasses, I could not discern whether she was crying. Since she wore glasses, I could not discern whether she cried....
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What are the verbs that are not used in the progressive?

There are verbs that generally don't take the progressive suffix "-ing", like hate and not hating: "I hate that," not "I am hating that." This also applies to other verbs like want, need, like, etc. ...
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present perfect progressive with stop/start

A student asked me: Can I say 'I have been stopping this project / I have been starting this project' to express repeated action (with present perf. prog)? My answer was 'no', but I am having a hard ...
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Is “University Challenge” right that this is a gerund?

The full context is below, but the basic question is: is the word spending in the following example really a gerund, as claimed by the University Challenge question-setters? My "best guess" would be ...
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Headed or heading?

This is more of a claim than a question. I claim that a construction like "I am headed home (which you will hear a lot in America) is wrong. The present progressive must utilize the ing-form. Try ...
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Why does English use the present continuous so often?

Why is the present continuous used in English so often in comparison to the simple present? For example I eat is possible, but the preferred way I am eating meaning roughly the same thing, is ...
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“Look! The sun rises” vs. “Look! The sun is rising”

I know that theoretically you can use both statements in English: a) Look! The sun rises. b) Look! The sun is rising. But is anybody (who is a native speaker) saying "Look! The sun rises."? In ...
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Ally (has) cc'd me [closed]

Suppose Ally sent an email to Bob to let him know the due date for submission of the document Bob is working on. Ally cc'd me in the email so I learned about the due date as well. Bob, in all ...
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Currently doing an action [closed]

In a game for children, an image shows a character actually doing something: I am eating. I am dancing. I am driving a car. But are the three following sentences correct? "I am scuba diving" "I am ...
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How can “ing” be used without adding while or after?

I heard this sentence while watching How I Met Your Mother, I am surprised you don't trip over your balls getting out of bed. So my question is how can "-ing" be used with the verb "get" without ...
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Does Future Progressive only work with “will”?

You will be doing something tomorrow. You are going to be doing something tomorrow. I only find the "will" structure in different grammar books, but the second sentence sounds right to me. However, ...
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Present perfect continuous in passive voice

As I was teaching to my students the passive voice, we were talking about present or current problems in a company, I said to my students as follow: e.g Management have been ignoring complaints/...
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The reasoning behind the present progressive representing a future event

I'm leaving next week. As shown here, the present progressive can represent an event that will happen in the future. I'm wondering what's the reasoning behind this feature. The one I can think of ...
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He must regret his decision vs He must be regretting his decision

(1) He must regret his decision. (2) He must be regretting his decision. If you're sure that "he" regrets his decision, can you say either (1) or (2)? In other words, can (2) be interpreted as ...
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When is “Does… have…?” correct versus “Is… having… ?”

I have to generate random questions Yes/No about hotels, restaurants, etc. for a Natural-Language Programming task. The focus is on questions about characteristics about such places that are rather ...
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Is “my horse had been stolen” or “my horse was stolen” better in this sentence?

I'm Mexican and I have had English class since kindergarden, now I'm in eighth grade in middle school. Some days ago, we had the fourth term English exam, and I was surprised because the teacher had ...
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What tense should I use for describing an ongoing action which has started a long time ago? [closed]

Suppose I started working on a project several years ago and right now I'm still working on the same project. If I want to express this to someone else what tense should I use? The statement should ...
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Why are "Verbs of bodily sensation (e.g. feel, hurt, ache) used in simple or progressive tenses

Verbs that refer to physical feelings (e.g. feel, hurt, ache) can often be used in simple or progressive tenses without much difference in meaning. How do you feel? or How are you feeling? ...
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Does “Who sings it?” express the habitual present or the present of immediacy?

Does sings as used in the quoted part refer to the habitual present tense or to the present tense of immediacy? I like this song. Who sings it? Suppose I were listening to a song and asked the ...
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Gerund vs Present Participle: “I was thinking about eating the apple.”

A quick question that has popped up from talking with my German pen-pal. In the sentence: I was thinking about eating the apple. Is eating there a gerund or a present participle? If it is just: ...
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Can one be “looking” surprised? [duplicate]

I was recently proofreading an ESL textbook and came across a photo of a woman. She had a surprised look on her face. Underneath were four options that the student was to pick. One of them was: "...
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Is “My purse was stolen when I had been shopping” grammatical?

i) My purse was stolen when I was shopping. ii) My purse was stolen when I had been shopping. I thought that i) was grammatical and ii) ungrammatical. But yesterday I found the next sentence ...
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Past Simple VS Past Continues

They came, four by four, down the vast hall between double rows of columns. The drum beat dully. No voice spoke, no eye watched. Torches carried by black-clad girls burned reddish in the shafts of ...
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Is this a valid way of implementing a continuous element into the sentence regarding “ashamed”?

"He should be ashamed to be laughing at his friends with the bullies." I am quite aware that usually and most of the time the adjective ashamed is followed by "of doing", yet can that be substituted ...
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Why isn't the progressive a “tense”? [duplicate]

Why aren't the 'progressive' verbal constructions (such as 'I am talking') regarded as tenses in traditional grammar? "There is no consensus, not even among linguists, about what constitutes a tense."...
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Am I RICEing my injury?

Rest, Icing, Compression and Elevation after an injury, and repeat as needed for the first couple hours. Using RICE, how would I type the answer to the question, "How's your twisted ankle?"? "Not so ...
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would have been sitting/would have sat

I would have been sitting there if I hadn't been working. I would have sat there if I hadn't been working. Which usage is correct "would have been sitting/would have sat"?
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Can a Progressive Verb Replace “Which”?

Let's say I have the following sentence: Yesterday the stock market crashed, which resulted in social collapse. Is it grammatically correct to change the above sentence to the following form? ...
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Present Perfect Continuous vs. Present Simple

Do I clearly understand difference between this two sentences? "How long do you dance?" - As I understand I can use this sentence to ask a person about his expirience in dancing. "How long have you ...
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Can I actually say “he is being sick”? Does it sound natural?

Here is my question: Can I say "he is being sick"? I was looking for how to use been and being. What I have found: The word being is the present participle form of the verb be. It is not used ...
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Alternates for “If quoted the words of …”

Today, I have been doing an 'as-it-is' translation of a non-English text. I have asked the same question before but I think that then I was unable to provide a context for my question to the answerers....
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“When will you be leaving” vs “When will you leave”

I am confused about the following sentence. I know it is correct to say "When will you be leaving?" But I don't know why they use "will be leaving" instead of "will leave." Can we say "When will you ...
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Using “which” and “have” in questions [closed]

Is this sentence correct? Which solution we have planned? OR Which solution did we have planned? OR Which solution did we plan? I'm discussing about a technical issue and my question is just a ...
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Stative verbs, “to be in labour”

I was wondering if in the construction to be in labour, the verb be is stative, and for this reason we can't use it in the progressive aspect. Or, is this next construction grammatically correct: she ...
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Difference in meaning and use of future perfect forms

What is the difference in meaning and / or use between: I will have worked here for two years by this time next year. and I will have been working here for two years by this time next year. ...
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Simple Present, Simple Past or Past perfect progressive? [duplicate]

Suppose if there's a web site which was out of service yesterday. And it's still down today. Which sentence below should I tell the web master? The web site is down/(out of service) since yesterday. ...
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How to use Present Perfect Continuous in Passive form?

Although Present Perfect Continuous is less commonly used in its Passive form. I want to know if it's possible to use a sentence below in its passive form. Active: I have been telling him a long ...
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still *“getting published”, “being published”, or just “published”? [closed]

Which is correct and why? a) The New York Times is a daily American newspaper founded on September 18, 1851, and is still getting published in New York City. b) The New York Times is a daily ...