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.

Nearby words

  1. past master,
  2. past mistress,
  3. past one's prime,
  4. past participle,
  5. past perfect,
  6. pasta,
  7. paste,
  8. paste mold,
  9. paste-on,
  10. paste-up

Also called past continuous.

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