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What Are the Perfect Progressive Tenses? (with Examples)

What Are the Perfect Progressive Tenses? (with Examples)

The perfect progressive tense is a category of verb tense. It covers the past perfect progressive tense, the present prefect progressive tense, and the future perfect progressive tense.

The past perfect progressive tense and the future perfect progressive tense are used to mark the end of an ongoing action. However, present perfect progressive tense is used for actions that began in the past and continue into the present. 

Examples of Verbs in the Perfect Progressive Tense

Here are some examples of verbs in the perfect progressive tense:

The Past Perfect Progressive Tense.
  • I had been going.
  • He had been seeing.
The Present Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I have been going.
  • He has been seeing.
The Future Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I will have been going.
  • He will have been seeing.

The Perfect Progressive Aspect

The term perfect progressive aspect is used to group all verbs (past, present, and future) in the perfect progressive tenses. (Remember, the aspect of a verb is determined by whether its action is ongoing or completed.)
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