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English definition of “progressive”

progressive

adjective (GRAMMAR)    /prəˈɡres.ɪv/
describes the form of a verb that is used to show that the action is continuing. It is formed with the verb 'be' followed by the present participle (= -ing form of the verb): 'He's working hard at the moment' is an example of the present progressive form of the verb 'work'. 'I was eating when the phone rang' is an example of the past progressive.Verb forms, tenses and types of verbs
(Definition of progressive adjective (GRAMMAR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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