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hello grammarians let's talk about the progressive aspect so we talked about the simple aspect as something that is just the most bare form it's what you see here I walk I will walk I walked but aspect allows us to talk about things that are ongoing and that's what we call the progressive because it's progressing it's going it's happening so if we are telling a story and we are inside that moment we can use the progressive aspect so I walk becomes in the present I am walking so the way the progressive works is that it takes the form of to be for whatever the subject of the sentence is in this case I and it changes the verb into an ING verb that's what it does that's what the progressive does and its effect is to say that something is ongoing this is also called the continuous aspect but I like to call it the progressive aspect let's let's try this in all the different basic conjugations so we call this the present progressive let's try the past progressive so if it says I walked we would just take the verb to be and then put it in the past so this part doesn't change the walking doesn't change you would say I was walking likewise for the future so we're not going to change the walking part we're just going to put this am part into the future which is like so I will be walking that's the future progressive so the way to remember the progressive aspect is for me to hideously butcher the writing of David Mamet and tell you to always remember your ABCs always be conjugating and conjugating here is just a word that means to put verbs in different tenses and aspects but I really want you to focus on the fact that we've got this B and this ing so just remember B and ing and that's how you form they're progressive so no matter whether or not it's happening in the past it still I was walking so the part that changes is the is the B is the verb to be I was walking I am walking I will be walking the part that doesn't change is the walking and that's how you express that something is ongoing that something is continuously happening in the telling of the story standing this will enable you to master time you can learn anything Dave it out