3 linguistics the progressive aspect indicates that an action, situation, or event is seen as continuing during a particular period of time. The progressive verb group consists of a form of ‘be’ and a present participle (‘-ing’ form). For example in the sentence ‘The forests are dying and the fish are disappearing’, ‘dying’ and ‘disappearing’ are seen as happening now. In the sentence ‘In the 1990s the company was losing £200 million a year’, ‘losing’ was going on during a period in the past.
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