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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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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Progressive aspect with simple past

Is this sentence correct? She isn't feeling well so she had to take a day off. Or should it be wasn't?
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Was not playing or did not play?

I did not play well today and I lost. I was not playing well today and I lost. Without context do they mean thé same ? I think was not playing implies that the bad play did not last the whole match. I ...
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on jumping over the puddle versus upon jumping over the puddle: is the action completed or underway?

Upon jumping over the puddle... On jumping over the puddle... Is the jump completed or underway? And do the prepositions on and upon have the same meaning in that respect? Upon jumping over the ...
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Past progressive vs Simple past

Parents of young children say kids are being left behind as updated Covid-19 vaccines roll out. https://edition.cnn.com/2023/10/03/health/pediatric-covid-vaccines-rollout/index.html Why use the ...
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going absolutely crazy

What's the difference in meaning between the following sentences? Does the first mean the fans were not absolutely crazy yet, just as John was not dead yet in "John was dying"? The fans ...
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Why do we use "make sense" rather than "making sense"?

What is the difference between This plan makes sense. You aren't making any sense. Why do we use "make sense" with present simple?
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Simple present or progressive present wiht "say"?

What tense and aspect should be used in both these cases, and why? "What does the book say" vs "What is the book saying" "What does your intuition say" vs " What is ...
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What tenses work with "all the time"?

I was very lucky the first time I played tennis. I won the first four games and was beginning the fifth when the man I was playing against said with a shouting voice "I stop playing against you. ...
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I may have been trying to reach her. (is this tense a past progressive or present perfect progressive?)

I may have been trying to reach her. As the question in the title, I wonder if this sentence means a past progressive or a present perfect progressive. And what if the 'may' is changed to 'might'?
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will be doing vs will, be going to

I often hear the announcement on a train say "We will soon be arriving at XX station." I understand the meaning of will, be going to, and will be doing. However, I wonder why the ...
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Janet is going on a vacation. (is this progressive or future?)

Janet is going on a vacation. I saw this sentence on internet. Is Janet now, at this moment, going on a vacation? Or, does Janet have a plan to go on a vacation very soon?
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Present Progressive in Conditional sentences

Someone wrote: We could commute with comfort in Warsaw, having enough room in our means of public transport, but for the 'sardines' getting on them. I suggested (based on another suggestion): ...
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"A customer was rude to me" vs. "a customer was being rude to me" in context

Could you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. The other day I got a call from a customer who was rude to me for no particular reason. The other day I ...
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Would it be possible to use "were looking" here?

We didn’t drink very much at all –one vodka each- but other young people had been drinking heavily all evening. Some of the dancers looked quite drunk. Would it be possible to use the continuous "...
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Can we use the verb “ache” verb in continuous constructions like “is aching“?

Does it sound ok to use the ‑ing form of the intransitive verb ache meaning hurt? My stomach is aching. instead of the simple verb: My stomach aches. In other words, can we use the verb ache verb ...
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Static verbs with progressive

Leo was past his prime, and he tried his best to fight it with daily training, but there was a limit to what he could do. Vampires had an advantage in this, their body structures were different, and ...
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How to identify that it is progressive verb or temporary activity

She is smelling a black rose. (Progressive verb) She is looking at the sky. (Temporary activity) We say that first sentence is a progressive verb but second is a temporary activity. I believe both ...
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Difference between "will be doing" and "will do"

I've just learned the grammar of "will be doing" and I was trying to make sentences with that. But I got confused with the difference between "will do" and "will be doing"...
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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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Shall I use progressive or simple in that case

Shall I say In 1789 people were not wearing watches because they did not exist. OR In 1789 people did not wear watches because they did not exist. i think the second one is a better because it ...
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Is 'to be waiting for me...' equal to 'were waiting for me...' in this sentence?

This is a sentence I saw in my practice book. I don't expect them to be waiting for me. I want to rewrite it as 'I don't expect them were waiting for me', because it is more nature for me, a non-...
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Answers from quiz, why this answer is correct in particular?

First answer: ✅ Have you always been living in a big city?(ʀɪɢʜᴛ ᴀɴꜱᴡᴇʀ) ❌ Have you always lived in a big city? (ᴡʀᴏɴɢ ᴀɴꜱᴡᴇʀ) Second answer: ✅ By the end of August they’ll have been working on ...
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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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Can we use the verb "remember" in progressive tense?

Is this sentence correct or not: What were you thinking about? I was remembering my wedding day. (Example sentence from "understanding and using English Grammar" page 19)
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Present Perfect and Past Progressive with wait

Imagine that you're waiting for your friend X and you finally meet him. Is it better to use Past Progressive or Present Perfect here? I've been waiting for you for 5 hours. or I was waiting for ...
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Can the simple present be used for temporal actions?

As far as I know, the simple present is used to state facts, how things exist or behave. However, I have seen the following sentence: I walk to class during the week. Regarding that the present ...
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sat or were sitting

Please have a look at this I stood in front of the living room, watching the movie unfold on the tv screen while my mom and sister - whose idea it was to watch the film in the first place - sat ...
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“I was eating two half hamburgers yesterday”

Yesterday, I was eating half of a hamburger at 3 o’clock, and I was eating half of another hamburger at 6 o’clock. Why does “I was eating two half hamburgers yesterday” seem weird unlike “I ate two ...
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felt or feeling in this case

It brings back memories of one summer evening several years ago. We had spent the day on the beach and we were walking back to the apartment. It must have been 10 o'clock and it still felt warm. Why ...
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The simple present tense form of Willing to do

We use the phrase be willing to do in everyday English. But my problem is how to use it in its simple present tense form with -ing. For example, what is the simple present tense form of this sentence? ...
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He could be playing with his friends

John's mother: where is John? John's father: He is not in his room. He could be playing with his friends. John's mother: where is John? John's father: He is in his room. He is always reading ...
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Can we use the verb 'own' in the progressive tense?

"As a result, cell phones are now commonplace, with at least 85 percent of adults in the U.S and the U.K owning one." Can we use the verb 'own' in the progressive tense? What is the rule behind ...
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Relating to the progressive tense

Someone started to jump, he was jumping, and he finished jumping, and at intervals, he didn’t do any jumps, so is this situation finally counted as ‘he jumped once’? Progressive: a verb tense that is ...
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Continuous after when?

I was studying past tenses and this sentence showed up, when I....... (walk), I suddenly realized that I had left my keys at home Now the answer was walked, but it didn't make since to me, I thought ...
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I write poetry and {am trying/try} to write a book

When answering the question about what I like to do in my favourite weather which is the correct choice of tense the present simple or the progressive? I write poetry and try to write a book. If I ...
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Can I use Simple Past in a subordinate clause with "while" when the main clause is in the Past Progressive?

I was reading while she slept. Or should it necessarily be "I was reading while she was sleeping" or "I read while she slept"? Can I use the Simple Past in a subordinate clause ...
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Past simple for longer actions

Is it wrong to say that the past simple is used for very short actions and long actions (the dinosaur example) but for shorter ongoing actions native speakers use the past progressive not the past ...
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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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"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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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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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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Simple Past Tense or Past Progressive Tense?

So, I'm trying to figure out what the correct verb tense for the following would be: It's happening again. However, this time it feels completely different from when it happened earlier... OR: ...
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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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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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