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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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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Difference between future continuous and simple

Any differences between these two sentences: I hope it won't rain when we leave the church (the rain might begin as soon as we have left the church). I hope it won't be raining when we leave ...
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Why do we use present progressive in this case?

We learned that present progressive form is not available when related to the human emotion we have. But I can see the example using 'present progressive' in the sentence. for example, 'I am still ...
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Present Continuous vs Present Perfect Continuous vs Present Simple (Time periods)

Are all the three correct and is there a difference? Normally, I don't work much but I work a lot this week. Normally, I don't work much but I am working a lot this week. Normally, I don't work much ...
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Progressive tense, progressive aspect, continuing aspect or continuous tense?

I have heard four different names: Progressive tense Progressive aspect Continuing aspect Continuous tense Which is the grammatically correct name approved by most grammar books and dictionaries?...
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Is “I am study at school” grammatical?

Can we use third statement or not? I study at school "correct" I am studying at school "correct" I am study at school.
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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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Having deal with “to get used to” and “to be used to”

I know "to get used to" means the process of accustoming whereas "to be used to" means that somebody has done it, this process is finished and now there is nothing unusual connected with this thing, ...
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What’s the difference between “are buying” and “will buy”? [duplicate]

What’s the difference between the present progressive tense are buying and the simple future tense will buy as used here? Next week we are buying a new car. Next week we will buy a new car.
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I have “been writing” or “written” six letters since morning. Which is correct? [closed]

I have been writing six letters since morning. I have written six letters since morning.
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I felt like I had/was having the time of my life

Having spent the whole day listening to the English lectures, focused on many interesting topics, I felt like I had (teacher: past continuous only - was having))the time of my life. I got totally ...
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“What I've been developing so far” or “What I've developed so far”?

a) Give me 5 minutes so I can show you what I've been developing so far. b) Give me 5 minutes so I can show you what I've developed so far. I am bit confused which one should i use present perfect ...
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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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She visiting (?) my house, I was studying English

I felt this sentence that uses participial construction is unnatural but I don't know why. She visiting my house, I was studying English. Is that because of the verb, visit? I'm non-native ...
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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 ailed vs. has been ailing

First off, take a look at these two examples please: Example #1: This problem has ailed me for a long time. Example #2: This problem has been ailing me for a long time. Do you think you could ...
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What is the difference between the following sentences?

I was waiting for you for 3 hours and I waited for you for 3 hours I don't consider Present Perfect, because I want to describe a situation that ocurred in the past and completed in the past. I ...
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Who was working while you were in Saigon?

My wife went to another city for a week, so I wanted to ask her who was working during that time. Are the following sentences correct? Which one is more natural? Who was working in the shop while ...
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“Had hosted” vs “had been hosting”: What's the difference?

Steve Irwin was the host of various nature shows on TV before he was killed in an accident. Steve had hosted nature shows for a long time before he had his accident. What's the difference between ...
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What is the correct tense for the following sentence?

How it is correct to say? When the computer was working, the player was playing my favourite songs. or When the computer was working my favourite songs had been playing on a player.
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Have to be doing, am/is/are/was/were to be doing

Can I say ' I am to be doing'? Similarly, I have to be doing' Is it possible in any sense? Can you refer me any book in which you saw this use?
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Using “no longer” with future events: simple, progressive, or passive?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Simple: You will no longer work your Friday shift. Progressive: You will be no longer working your Friday shift. Passive: You will no longer be worked ...
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Difference in meaning between 'While I was reading a book' and 'While I read a book'?

What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences? While I was reading a book, I found an interesting article. While I read a book, I found an interesting article. I learned that in an ...
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Complicated sentences in past perfect regarding hypothetical situations with reflection on the past?

Would have had to have been doing, e.g.: For him to have become a threat in the teachers eyes, he would have had to have been exhibiting severely bad behavior all the time. Would have had to be ...
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Usage of 'and' in a sentence

The results of the infection of malaria are the enlargement of spleen and capillaries in the brain are blocked. The results of the infection of malaria are the enlargement of spleen and capillaries ...
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“have not done” or “have not been doing” [duplicate]

I want to convey that I didn't speak English in the last two years and I'm not speaking English now. I haven't spoken English for two years. I haven't been speaking English for two years. In ...
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Having vs. doing

I'm learning the -ing clauses and I have a question about an explanation on this website: (1) When one action happens before another action, we use having (done) for the first action, for example, "...
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Are you a cry(ing) baby? [duplicate]

Someone is not crying at the moment, but you want to ask if that person's character is more like it so, how would you ask? Are you a crying baby? Are you a cry baby?
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Meaning of participles with progressive (-ing) tense

He jumped off the terrace saying he had hated life all along, and death was all he wished for. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? And, does it mean "he jumped off the terrace while (at the ...
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When you watch / when you're watching

I'm making English subtitles for a French film and I'm having trouble with this sentence: When you watch a Hitchcock film, you work all the time. When you're watching a Hitchcock film, you're ...
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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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present perfect continuous or simple

have you been wearing my sweater? It’s dirty and it smells terrible! Your hair looks different. have you dyed it? The first sentence is continuous (have been wearing), the other is simple (have ...
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“we will discontinue the feature” vs. “we will be discontinuing the feature”

From the Poetry Foundation website's Favorites page: Due to needed upgrades to our website, we will be discontinuing our Favorites feature and user accounts effective Sunday, March 27, 2016. We ...
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“I was ringing” vs “I rang”

Here is the sentence. Where were you yesterday? - I was at home the whole day. - How strange. I (ring) you up at two o'clock, but nobody answered. The Past Simple would be: I rang you up at two o'...
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“Everyone at school was looking at what I wore” - why not “Everyone at school looked at what I was wearing”?

When I was a teenager, I used to think that everyone at school was looking at me and judging what I looked like, what I wore, and how I acted. Why "everyone at school was looking at me and judging" ...
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“When we talk about false friends, we talk about — we're talking about…” — why did the speaker correct herself?

I was watching a video by EngVid and came across the following sentence (4:00): When we talk about false friends, we talk about -- we're talking about words in both Spanish and English that look ...
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I've been having/I have had a headache since I woke up

I've been having a headache since I woke up. vs I've had a headache since I woke up. English Grammar in Use suggests the latter. But what should I do if I want to emphasize the painful ...
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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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“What did she think as she walked in the park?” vs. “What was she thinking as she walked in the park?”

What did she think as she walked in the park? What was she thinking as she walked in the park? I wonder what is the possible difference in meaning between the two sentences. I wonder also how the ...
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Is this grammatically correct? “I have been the completion of the modifications on the site.” [closed]

Is the following sentence correct ? I have been the completion of the modifications on the site.
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Is it correct to use “will have been being”?

By this time next year we will have been being on this committee for a decade. Is it correct to use future perfect progressive tense in this sentence?
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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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Present progressive with currently

Nothing new to report and currently I only ocassionally get anything new in. Why it is not present progressive for "get" as it is not a habit? Is it because of currently which means a short period?...
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Should I use the progressive aspect or not?

He seldom has fatty food. He is seldom having fatty food. Choose the correct alternative out of the above two sentences. Please specify the reason as well. Grammatically, I believe both are ...
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When “-ing” form of verbs is not used to indicate ongoing action?

On our next break, we head into the kitchen to find Beth standing over the sink, washing lettuce. Come to think of it, it's nice having her always right here where we left her. She points to a buffet ...
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“Our house gets really cold when the wind is blowing/blows from the east”

I know about the grammar rule that says, when A happens while B is happening (as a longer background situation), you use the simple tense for A and the progressive tense for B. According to this rule,...
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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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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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Progressive use of stative verbs [duplicate]

I was wondering if it would be possible to say: "I have been wanting to go to iceland now for more than 10 years!". given the fact that 'want' is a stative verb it is not common to use a progressive ...
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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 ...