Progressive forms of a verb indicate that something is happening, was happening, or will be happening. Progressive verbs are formed by combining a form of to be, the verb, and “–ing.”
is – a form of to be was – a form of to be will be – a form of to be Adding “–ing” to the main verb makes it progressive.
Progressive verbs are formed using verbs. verbs are verbs that show ongoing action. Dynamic dynamic
o The present progressive tense of a verb states an action that happens often or is happening now. o The present progressive tense uses a helping verb and adds “–ing” to the main verb. The dog is chasing the cat. I am eating breakfast. We are leaving the house now. Sarah and Mary are setting up the tent.
o The past progressive tense of a verb states an action that happened in the past. o The past progressive tense uses a helping verb and adds “–ing” to the main verb. We were leaving the house last night. I was eating breakfast. The dog was chasing the cat. Sarah and Mary were setting up the tent.
o The future progressive tense of a verb states an action that will take place. o The future progressive tense uses a helping verb and adds “–ing” to the main verb. I will be eating breakfast. Sarah and Mary will be setting up the tent after breakfast. The dog will be chasing the cat all afternoon. We will be leaving the house in a minute.
I am hoping to learn to ride horses. am is the to be verb hope is the main verb “ am hoping ” is happening right now. Present Tense
I was crying when our plans were cancelled due to rain. was is the to be verb crying is the main verb “ was crying ” already happened. Past Tense
She will be drinking a lot of water after the race. will be is the to be verb drinking is the main verb “ will be drinking ” hasn’t happened yet. Future Tense
We _____________ with the principal today. I __________ to New York City. are speaking am flying speak / are speaking fly / am flying Don’t forget – it’s happening now!
We ___________ catch all afternoon. I __________ after the loud booming sound. play / were playing were playing was shaking shake / was shaking Don’t forget – it’s already happened!
The children ______________ when they get home. will be starving starve / will be starving I _____________as soon as my head hits the pillow. will be sleeping Sleep / will be sleeping Don’t forget – it hasn’t happened yet!
1.I am hopping around the house. 2.I will be hopping around the house. 3.I have hopped around the house. Present Progressive Future Progressive Past Progressive
Choose a verb from the list below. Form a Present Progressive Tense Verb, a Past Progressive Tense Verb, and a Future Progressive Tense Verb. Write your verbs on your whiteboard. Be ready to share your thinking. beg ask call itch hit throw
She is dancing the hula at the luau. is is the to be verb dancing is the main verb “ is dancing ” is happening right now. Present Tense
We were eating popcorn while we watched the movie. were is the to be verb eating is the main verb “ were eating ” already happened. Past Tense
Mary will be arriving later than she expected. will be is the to be verb arriving is the main verb “ will be arriving ” hasn’t happened yet. Future Tense Meep Meep!
1.We___________from Jason under the porch. 2.The dog _____________ on his bone in the backyard. 3.In art class the students _______________bowls of fruit. Present Progressive Past Progressive Future Progressive are hiding was chewing will be drawing
o Complete the handout “Progressive Verbs”. o You will be working independently. o We will check your work when you are done.