present progressive tense

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present continuous tense

We create the present continuous tense by using the present participle (-ing form) of the verb after the present-tense form of the auxiliary linking verb “be.”
Unlike the present simple tense, which is used to express things that are always the case or are at a fixed time in the future, we use the present continuous (also called the present progressive) tense to speak about actions that are currently happening, whether generally or at the exact moment of speech. It can also be used to describe actions or events that are planned for the future (but are not definitively fixed in time, such as a timetable).
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Noun1.present progressive tense - a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance
continuous tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, progressive, progressive tense - a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
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Present progressive tense of intransitive verb They feel sick.
In the case of teaching the present progressive tense, Lee suggests encouraging the child to listen for "is" and "will," then modeling sentences using multiple tenses for the same action, while gradually increasing the level of difficulty.
The predominant verb tense in all three compositions was the present progressive tense.
All three Ghanaian compositions used the present progressive tense, which denotes action in current progress (e.
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