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Past Progressive Tense - Glossary of Terms


Past Progressive Tense

Verbs describing actions that took place in the past are said to be in the past tense.  The past progressive tense is used for an on-going action that took place in the past.

Examples:

She was painting the door when the bird struck the window.
The jury was considering its verdict for several hours.

The past progressive tense is one for four past tenses.  They are:
 
The 4 Past Tenses Example
simple past tense I went
past progressive tense I was going
past perfect tense I had gone
past perfect progressive tense I had been going
 
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