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Are there twelve progressive verb forms in English?

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There are 6 progressive forms:

  • Present progressive tense.
  • Present perfect progressive tense.
  • Past progressive tense.
  • Past perfect progressive tense.
  • Future progressive tense.
  • Future perfect progressive tense.

The progressive tense is also commonly referred to as the continuous tense.

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There is twelve verb tenses in English. Three simple tenses, three perfect tenses and six progressive forms. Many students have problems with verb tenses but they aren't really difficult.


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