Progressive Tense

The progressive tense involves action that is, was, or will be in progress at a certain time. In the progressive tense, verbs are formed with a “be” verb + ing.


  • I am running a marathon right now. (present progressive)
  • I was running a marathon at this time last year. (past progressive)
  • I will be running a marathon next Sunday. (future progressive)


  • I am eating lunch now.
  • I was eating lunch when you saw me.
  • I will be eating lunch in the meeting.


  • I am learning English at my desk.
  • I was learning English the last two years.
  • I will be learning English then.


  • I am cooking my supper now.
  • I was cooking our dinner when you called me.
  • I will be cooking breakfast by the time you come home.