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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"Have been doing" and "have done"

What's the difference between I have been playing tennis for five years. and I have played tennis for five years. Are they grammatically correct? If yes, how are they different in meaning/...
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Stative verbs in the progressive

I posted a question today about "Have to / having to?"and I used the verb "find" in the progressive.: I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to". Someone comments ...
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have lived vs have been living [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: 1) I've lived in London for five years. Or 2) I've been living in London for five years. I think second one is correct because we use present perfect continuous for ...
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"while they wait" - why not "while they are waiting"?

Here is a sentence that is on my textbook. Customers can now sit down comfortably while they 'wait' for their number to be called out. In my opinion, conjunction 'while' is compatible with ...
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Usage of the Present simple and the Future Progressive [duplicate]

Why we use the Present Simple in the sentence: The train leaves at half past six tomorrow morning. I think the future progressive also may use there. It is because future progressive can denote ...
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Have to / having to?

As fas as I know, "have to" is the commoner version of the two, but I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to". She has to / is having to look after herself now. ...
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"Have you ever seen anyone walk (walking) the streets like that?"

Have you ever seen anyone walk the streets like that? Have you ever seen anyone walking the streets like that? Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same? I saw him ...
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Can I use "are being " + past participle?

Sentences with form "are being " + past tense are they correct form of grammar. And what tense do they represent. like: You are being missed. Thanks
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"I have been 'verb-ing'" vs. "I had been 'verb-ing'"

A. I have been studying English for one year. B. I had been studying English for one year. Could one who hears those sentences argue that "A" case implies "and I am still studying it&...
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past continuous or past simple

At the dentist's: I was on time for my dentist's appointment, but the dentist was still busy with another patient, so I sat in the waiting room and read some of the old magazines lying there. All ...
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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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what's the difference between did and was doing?

Here are examples of the sentences. What is the difference between them? They seem to be almost the same to me so I don’t exactly understand the difference. We worked from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ...
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"I will be loving you 'til we're 70" vs. "I will love you 'til we're 70"

From Ed Sheeran's song Thinking Out Loud: And, darling, I will be loving you 'til we're 70 Why is it not And, darling, I will love you 'til we're 70 ? Why is progressive used here?
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(How many years) have you been married?/studying English?

Grammar books set rules for ELL when they want to ask questions to use present perfect form for counting, and present perfect progressive for periods of time. Now what if you want to ask about a ...
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They were angry because they had waited (had been waiting) for too long

Inspired by a past-perfect vs. present-perfect online test: They were angry because they had waited for too long. and They were angry because they had been waiting for too long. Are both ...
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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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Ben {planned / was planning} to go, but now . . . simple past or past progressive?

There was a question in my text book like this: Ben ____ to go to his high school class reunion tomorrow, but now he is not sure if he can. (A) plans (B) will plan (C) has planned (D) was ...
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"is being on something"

The second sentence causes me problems. I have seen it somewhere. For me it looks like the verb to be is used twice (is / being). Is it grammatically correct? If yes, what does the second usage give ...
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Can progressive aspects express the ongoing effect of an activity?

"The Sorting Ceremony will take place in a few minutes in front of the rest of the school. I suggest you all smarten yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting." Her eyes ...
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“To sit waiting” vs. “to be sitting waiting”

I'm sitting waiting for a bus. I sit waiting for a bus. There is the situation that I'm sitting on a bench and I'm waiting for a bus in a bus station. If I want to tell my friend that by a phone. I ...
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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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"The links are not working" vs. "the links don't work"

My manager at work has sent me two links for competitors in order to check their products. Unfortunately, these links are not working. I want to send a reply to my manager to inform her of this ...
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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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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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You will hear interesting stories, learning about events that were taking place (?) here

I wrote a sentence that was considered awkward by fellow translators, on a couple of counts. I'm singling out one particular construction they found awkward: During the tour, you will hear ...
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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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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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Is this use of the progressive authentic (i.e. idiomatic)? [duplicate]

There is general consensus that I have been waiting for you for 6 hours. is grammatically correct, and idiomatically authentic. For example, our appointment was for 9 am, and when you show up at ...
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