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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Which one of the following is correct?

Which one of the following is correct? (1) I am cooking lunch. (2) I have been cooking lunch. Besides, if aforementioned are correct, I want to know the difference between I am cooking and I have ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Simple future or “be going to” in: “Help! I will/am going to fall”

Do I use the simple future tense or the "be going to" tense in a situation that has not yet happened? Help! I will fall. Help! I am going to fall My approach: I think the action will ...
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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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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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Have been/ was… difference in meaning?

I've been studying all morning. I've been studying all morning long. I was studying all morning. How are the first, and the third different in meaning? What's the difference between the first, and ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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'Have you been crying' or 'have you cried'?

I know that the present perfect suggests that something happened a short time ago, like I have just arrived home. but I read on the Internet that the present perfect continuous refers to the same ...
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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 ...