the progressive


: a verb tense that is used to refer to an action or a state that is continuing to happen
In English, a verb form in the progressive consists of a form of the verb "be" followed by the main verb's present participle.

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“The progressive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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