I am *asking* a question.
March 21, 2009 2:47 AM Subscribe
What is the origin in English of the present continuous tense (present progressive tense)?
posted by mary8nne to education (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've just been studying a bit of Latin based languages and they do not seem to have the same Present Continuous / Present Progressive verbs for "I am running" or "He is asking a question".
Also wikipedia seems to suggest not many other languages have this verb congugation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Present_tense
I've also been told that its a recent occurance in English - ie Shakespeare did not use it nor do older translations of the Bible. So where did it come from?