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perfect progressive

noun, Grammar, (in English)
1.
a verb form including the auxiliary have followed by been and a present participle, noting the continuation of an activity or event, its incompleteness or interruption, and its connection to the temporal point of reference, as in I've been waiting for over an hour, They had been talking about her before she came into the room, or In July, he will have been living here for two years.
Also called perfect continuous.
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  • The past perfect progressive describes an action which was continuing or progressing at some past time.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • The snow (past perfect progressive of fall) for several hours and now (past of lie) deep on every path.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
  • The future perfect progressive describes an action which will be progressing at some future time.

    Plain English Marian Wharton

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