Meaning of past progressive

past' progres'sive

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— Gram. Gram.(in English)
  1. 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
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