Definition of Past progressive tense

1. Noun. A progressive tense used to describe on-going action in the past. "`I had been running' is an example of the past progressive"




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Lexicographical Neighbors of Past Progressive Tense

past historic tense
past imperfect tense
past it
past iterative
past master
past paper
past papers
past participial
past participle
past participles
past perfect
past perfect continuous
past perfect progressive
past perfect tense
past progressive
past progressive tense (current term)
past simple
past tense
past tenses
past times
pasta
pasta salad
pasta sauce
pastable
pastalike
pastance
pastances
pastas
paste-egg

Literary usage of Past progressive tense

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English for Italians: (Lezioni D'inglese Per Gl'Italiani) by Edith Waller (1911)
"... etc. era, fui past progressive tense, verb to have — I was having, etc. avevo knock stay understanding picchiare rimanere intendimento seek put on as ..."

2. Grammar and Dictionary of the Buluba-Lulua Language as Spoken in the Upper by William McCutchan Morrison (1906)
"The Past Progressive tense denotes an action as having been going on in past time, as progressive, but is now completed and was completed before the time ..."

3. Practical English for Seventh and Eighth Grades by James Witt Sewell (1911)
"The past progressive tense expresses action continuing in past time. The past perfect tense expresses action in past time completed before some other action ..."

4. Practical English for Seventh and Eighth Grades by James Witt Sewell (1911)
"The past progressive tense expresses action continuing in past time. The past perfect tense expresses action in past time completed before some other action ..."

5. A Modern English Grammar by Huber Gray Buehler (1900)
"The past progressive tense represents an action as going on at some point in past time. It is formed by putting "was" ("wast," "were ") before the present ..."

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