The repeated progressive is the usage of the present progressive to talk about a progressive action that actually consists of several shorter actions, which occur around the present time, but may not be happening now.
For example: Let’s say I decide to read a book, Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Given the length of War and Peace, I would be hard-pressed to read it in one sitting. I’m busy in real life and can only read for an hour a day before bedtime. So I have to read it over a period of a few weeks. But after I’ve started, I can say:
- "I'm reading War and Peace"
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- Is this in past/present or future time? Past and future, but not present.
- Am I doing this right now? No.