C3: Verbs: Perfect Progressive Tense

C3: Verbs: Perfect Progressive Tense: Use the auxiliary verbs “to have” and “to be” + present participle to form the perfect progressive tense correctly: See Writing for Success Section 5.5 pp. 200-203 or the following: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/perfectforms/


Perfect Progressive tense shows action in progress up until a completed time in the past, present, or future.


Past Perfect Progressive:

 The pelicans had been flying back and forth all morning.

 I had been sitting at my desk all weekend long.


Present Perfect Progressive:

 Juanita has been dating her boyfriend since high school.

 We have been getting our pictures printed at Walgreens.


Future Perfect Progressive:

 Martha’s Restaurant will have been serving customers for fifty years next June.

 They will have been going to the same school all the way until they graduate.


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