past progressive

past progressive
noun
a progressive tense used to describe on-going action in the past
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`I had been running' is an example of the past progressive

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Gram. (in English)
a verb form consisting of an auxiliary be in the past tense followed by a present participle and used esp. 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.

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past progressive,
the verbal tense or tense form that expresses progress, recurrence, or habitual action in the past, as were running in the sentence »

They were running away from the place.


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