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Which tense is used? They kept trying until they won

Hi There. 

Could you explain it me? Which tense is used? 

Thanks in advance

Feb 19, 2018 12:36 PM
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It is simple past.  (I don't think this is considered the present progressive/present continuous tense.  I could be wrong, though.) 

If you do something over and over again, we use the expression to keep + an -ing word.  

He keeps eating, but he doesn't get fat.

I have trouble doing algebra problems, but I keep trying.

Present tense of your example would be:

They keep trying until they win.

Your example is the simple past:

They kept trying until they won.

By the way, there is another construction that means the same thing:

I try and try, because I know I will eventually succeed.  =  I keep trying, because I know I will eventually succeed.

He eats and eats, but he doesn't get fat.  =  He keeps eating, but he doesn't get fat.

February 19, 2018

Tempus is correct...  and Damian is also correct

"Keep" is normally used with a gerund to mean that you continue doing an action.

She kept talking.

We kept walking.

They kept stealing.


 The past continuous/past progressive tense is formed by using the verb 'be'

 was/were + present participle

 You were studying when she called.

Were you studying when she called?

You were not studying when she called.

February 19, 2018

Hi Javid,

it is of course Pimple Past tense. And as for this -ing ending, in this case, this word is a gerund (a verb which functions as a noun).

February 19, 2018


Past tense.

February 19, 2018

Thanks to everyone !

February 19, 2018
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