Definition of Continuous tense
1. Noun. A tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going.
Generic synonyms: Tense
Specialized synonyms: Present Progressive, Present Progressive Tense, Past Progressive, Past Progressive Tense, Future Progressive, Future Progressive Tense
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Continuous Tense
Literary usage of Continuous tense
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A New Manual of Method by Alfred Hezekiah Garlick (1896)
"The Present Perfect continuous tense shows that the action has been going on, and is now finished. Teaching. at the present time. Have worked is therefore ..."
2. A School Grammar by David Salmon (1896)
"Perfect continuous tense. Perfect [To] call. [To] be calling. [To] have called. ... PRESENT PERFECT continuous tense. Singular. 1. [I] have been calling. 2. ..."
3. The Languages of West Africa by Frederick William Hugh Migeod (1911)
"There is " na" in combination with " mu," we, making with " so," want, the continuous tense present. This tease requires that its succeeding verb (" so") ..."
4. An Elementary Lunyoro Grammar by Henry Edward Maddox (1902)
"... (b) a continuous tense. Its uses are— i. To supply missing persons in the imperative mood; ii. ..."