Josiane Akounda
Progressive and non-progressive verbs! what is the difference please? and the different meanings?
Apr 4, 2019 9:07 AM
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Sometimes it is helpful to do a web search on grammatical terms in your own language.

English and French are not as closely related as "the Romance languages" (French, Spanish, Italian) but they are cousins. 

If I search on "French progressive tense" I find:

<a href="" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Le présent progressif : être en train de</a>

See if it helps.

April 4, 2019

There are simple and progressive (continous) verb tenses.


- I drink coffee.  = Je bois du café. [habitude]

- In the past, I would drink coffee.  = Autrefois, je buvais du café. [habitude]

- In the past, I drank coffee.  = Autrefois, je buvais du café. [habitude]

- Yesterday, I drank coffee.  = Hier, j'ai bu du café. [action terminée]


- I am drinking coffee.  = Je suis en train de boire du café  [action non-terminée].

- Yesterday, I was drinking coffee when my friend called.  = Hier, je buvais du café quand mon ami m'a téléphoné.  [action non-terminée].

There are dynamic and stative verbs.

- to drink (un verbe qui exprime une action)

- to like (un verbe qui exprime un état)

April 4, 2019
Thank you so much for responding. 
April 4, 2019
My level is c1 advanced 
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April 4, 2019
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Josiane Akounda
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