Dictionary says "appear" is not used in the progressive tenses when means "to give the impression of being or doing sth."

Does this also apply to the meaning " to start to be seen"? For example, can I use the progressive tense of it in the following sentence?

An increasing number of professors are appearing in television news programs.

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For meanings related to 'perform', you can use appear in progressive forms. Your sentence qualifies and so it is correct. Other examples:

She will be appearing in the new series of Game of Thrones.

That actor has been appearing in a lot of romance movies in recent years.


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