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Using Helping Verbs 1

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Some verbs describe action that happens once. Progressive verbs describe ongoing action.

Ollie the octopus is gathering sea shells today.

       (The progressive verb is gathering describes ongoing action in the present.)

Yesterday, he was gathering starfish.

       (Was gathering describes ongoing action in the past.)

Tomorrow, he will be gathering sand dollars.

       (Will be gathering describes ongoing action in the future.)

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