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Verb Meanings with Continuous Tenses

continuous tense: any tense, past, present or future, formed with the auxiliary verb be and a main verb in -ing form (for example: he is speaking, they have been working)

There are some verbs that we do not normally use with continuous (or progressive) tenses. And there are other verbs that have one meaning with simple tenses and a different meaning with continuous tenses.

In this lesson we look at various uses of continuous tenses, followed by a quiz to check your understanding: