Questions tagged [progressive-aspect]

Questions related to the grammatical aspect that expresses an incomplete action or a state at a specific point in time. For specific tenses, see the tags 'present-progressive', 'present-continuous', 'future-progressive', 'past-continuous' and 'perfect-continuous'.

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I'm reading a book or I've been reading a book? Implying I started some days ago

I saw a similar question, but I'm not content with the answers, i.e. it's still unclear. It looks like both options are appropriate here, since for present perfect continuous can be applied to an ...
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You could be doing something really meaningful

Michael and Ryan, like so many other veterans, sought help from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eric Shinseki, the secretary of veterans affairs, declined to speak to me, but the most common view ...
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difference: should sleep or should be sleeping [duplicate]

In the following sentence, are both "sleep" and "be sleeping" correct? If so, what's the difference? When can I leave? I should sleep / should be sleeping at home now.
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hearing the story vs. listening to the story

Are the following sentences both correct? If so, what's the difference? Hearing the story, John started a bit. Listening to the story, John started a bit.
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will be doing and would be doing

Do you know why "will/would be doing" is used instead of "will/would do" in the following? This use of the progressive seems alien to me. If you quit your job, you will be doing ...
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Present simple or progressive

This is from Macmillan English Grammar in Context by Michael Vince. Alan Chester is a 25-year-old journalism student from Ohio who is taking six years to complete his undergraduate degree. In order ...
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“Realise” or “are realising”

This passage is from Macmillan English Grammar in Context by Michael Vince. "Every year thousands of children go to the doctor because of back pain and in fact this kind if problem is rapidly ...
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present, past, passive and perfect participle usages

Which is correct grammatically? Beaten severely, he died immediately. [past participle] Having been beaten severely, he died immediately. [perfect participle) I would like to put my understanding of ...
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What is the meanning of “should be happening”?

An example from TED: Those conversations should be happening in a good marriage, not after it is broken. And I have heard it many times so far, but I am not sure what exactly it means. Does it a ...
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“has felt”/“has been feeling” - why is the first wrong here?

I know that both a) She has walked for two hours. and b) She has been walking for two hours. mean the same thing: that she started walking two hours back and is still walking. So according to the ...
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which sounds more natural

So I was wondering which sounds the most natural and most proper sounding statement a or b A: the girl was walking down the street. or B: the girl walked down the street. I just was making a ...
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Is 'fascinates“ and ”is fascinating" interchangeable?

What's the difference between: This fascinates me This is fascinating to me I just wanted to know because I am curious.
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What is the difference in meaning between “if I do something” and “if I am going to do something”?

What is the difference in meaning between if I do something and if I am going to do something? For example: If I take a cab, I will be just in time. If I am going to take a cab, I will be just ...
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What is a difference between two sentences?

There are two sentences below. 1) She couldn't stand being kept waiting. 2) She couldn't stand keeping waiting. Please, let me know about difference.
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Continuous Past vs Continuous Past Perfect

Well, guys, please consider the following: When he arrived, she was repairing the bike. When he arrived, she had been repairing the bike. Which one is better? Or do they have their own meanings?
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“have liked”/“have been liking”/“had liked”/“had been liking”

I have liked you since childhood. I have been liking you since childhood. I had liked you since childhood. I had been liking you since childhood. What is the difference between the above sentences?
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Can I use “being” with “keep”?

Action verbs used with "keep" sound normal, like "keep doing," "keep smiling," etc., but "being" sounds weird with it. For example, this: I won't talk to you if you keep being rude.
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Present perfect simple for an unfinished action

I decided to walk back home. I had walked for about 200 meters when the storm began and I ran to the nearest cafe. Would it be possible to use past perfect progressive since the walk was not ...
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Is it wrong to say “are you sitting anywhere?” to imply have you already taken a seat?

Suppose you bump into a friend in a restaurant (or a food place in general) and you want to know weather he already has taken a seat. Is it wrong to ask Are you sitting anywhere? Would it sound ...
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Progressive form of “have” indicating possession

I know that normally I cannot say "I am having a car", but is the following correct? Having a car, I decided to drive there. I am fine with having a car but do not expect me to drive.
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what's the difference in the meaning “I am assuming and I assume” [duplicate]

There’s a Funky Frankenstein tape so I’m assuming anything else that was in that package is here. why the progressive here, first reason is that it is happening right now but does the progressive ...
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Is it ok to say 'We were wanting to book a trip to Sardinia'?

We were wanting to book a trip to Sardinia. Is it ok to say that nowadays?
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Present Simple or Present Continuous with “these days”

"These days" express the period around now. Then, I wonder, why is used the Present Simple in the following sentence?: These days I travel a lot. I’m spending more and more time away from home. (...
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“has written two essays this morning” vs “has been writing an essay all morning”

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences? John has written two essays this morning. John has been writing an essay all morning. The police sergeant has interviewed two people ...
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One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years (tense choice)

I want to tell someone about one of the most interesting projects I was involved in during the past couple of years: One of the most interesting projects I worked on in the past couple of years [is ...
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What is the difference between future continuous and future perfect continuous?

Context: 'I will be going tomorrow' and 'I will have been going tomorrow'. As meaning of both seems to be same, so what's the exact difference between the meanings of these two sentences?
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Is “I was wanting to know” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: I was wanting to know if I could sent you a link. It does not sound correct to me.
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“Night falls”: why not continuous/progressive?

There is a series of "Nighty Night" videos for preschoolers about going to bed, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqRDEV6BnAU. All of them begin with the sentence: Night falls. I wonder why ...
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Can we say the earth is moving around the sun?

I'm learning English with text books and it says the present progressive form means an action or event taking place at the present time and the action or event has limited duration. It is truth that ...
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is the verb “list” a stative verb?

I saw this example on Cambridge Dictionary The company has been listed on the stock exchange for 35 years. My question is that: is the verb "list" a stative verb? If it was, then it could not be ...
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Can progressive (to be +verbing ) be used to indicate the importance of an action or an event?

We are very pleased to be releasing this new MIDNITE SNAXXX record! It is a classic two song single, same recording session as the single that was released on Goodbye Boozy Records a couple of ...
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Going to or progressive in that case [closed]

What is the best If it is still not raining in the next few days,I'll go to the swimming pool If it is not going to rain in the next few days,I'll go to the swimming pool
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Have been trying or have tried?

Which of the following sentences is correct? For nearly 30 years he has tried to persuade the Commission to let him walk across the Falls. At last he has been granted permission. For nearly 30 years ...
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what is the exact meaning of “how long are you staying in London”

If I say "how long are you staying in London?" , does it always mean that my stay in London has begun or can I use it if my stay begins in two weeks for example and that I have already booked my ...
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“has been opened ” or “being opened”

The door of the refrigerator being opened by 90 degrees or less is closed automatically if you let go of the door. The door of the refrigerator that has been opened by 90 degrees or less is closed ...
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difference of meaning between progressive and simple [closed]

If I say "what are you doing now" it means : "have you something planned now "but if I say " What do we do now" could it mean the same thing or as it is present simple does it mean that we are doing ...
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Watching vs. By watching

Today while watching TV, I came across this sentence, Don't waste this summer watching TV. The sentence seemed weird to me because in English grammar if you want to use progressive tense then ...
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Usage of 'the most important being…'

Paper is made from many materials, the most important being trees. It is from my TOEFL preparation book and I know what it means throughout seeing the translation in my language. But I don't ...
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Using ing form after “to”

I don't understand why second being is progressive. He went from being a poor student to being an outstanding one.
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Will it be acceptable to use continuous here

The wind was blowing and an owl hooted in a tree above me https://teacherluke.co.uk/2009/11/12/mystery-story-narrative-tenses/ why it is not "an owl was hooting" .Is it because that the wind was ...
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“Have to” in the progressive

I'm curious to know whether the usage of "have to" is normal in the progressive, especially in clauses. Having to finish this project today I had to stay up late at work. I hate travelling with a lot ...
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I'm giving up vs. I give up

Are both of the following sentences grammatically correct and, if so, is there any siginificant difference between simple and progressive aspect here? I give up (on sth. / sb.) I'm giving up (...
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how to interpret the progressive form "be winning"

I read the following example sentence in Eastwood‘s Oxford Guide to English Grammar : You are lucky to be winning. Also in OED is the same construct- that of the progressive found: the ...
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Are the tenses in these sentences correct?

Two years ago I ate ice-cream every day. I was doing this/had been doing this for six months. That's why I was weighing much more during that time. Are the tenses used here correct? If yes/no, why? :...
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What is happening or what happens in this sentence

As I heard too many times , people use this sentence "we will see what happens " Shouldn't it be "we will see what is happening" ? Because the thing to happen is simultaneous with the verb 'seeing' ...
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The right way to express continuing process in passive form

Which sentence is correct if my intention is to express the continuing process : English is studied by me for several years or English has been studying by me for several years.
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progressive tense in that sentence

SOURCE Case in point: Javier Escovedo. Javier Escovedo, who most people know as one of the founding members of The Zeros, The True Believers and one of the pioneers of the ‘70’s West Coast punk ...
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Present perfect progressive or simple

I shall be exchanging my house in 2 months, I have bought the plane ticket and planned the stay but I am a bit worried because I have not received any further infos for a long time from the ...
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The progressive futurate is not aspectual: meaning?

Both the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL) by Pullum and Oxford Modern English Grammar (OMEG) by Aarts clearly say that the progressive futurate (i.e., the present progressive ...
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The sun <is setting/is going to set/will set/will be setting> at five tomorrow

CGEL by Huddleston and Pullum says on page 171: 8.3 Non-aspectual uses of the progressive ... (a) The progressive futurate [21] i a. The sun sets at five tomorrow. b. #The sun is ...