The progressive form of a verb usually describes things that are happening (or in progress).
The progressive is created by combining the verb ‘to be’ with the verb’s present participle (usually ending in ing).
John is talking in class.
Because ‘is’ is present tense, this is an example of the present progressive.
We can change this to the past progressive by changing the tense of the verb ‘to be’.
John was talking in class.
Remember, the progressive can be combined with the perfect by adding a form of the verb ‘to have’.
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