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past progressive

noun, Grammar. (in English)
a verb form consisting of an auxiliary be in the past tense followed by a present participle and used especially to indicate that an action or event was incomplete or in progress at a point of reference in the past, as was sleeping in I was sleeping when the phone rang.
Also called past continuous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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