Remember, know what progressives are, because you have to get rid of them in English before going into Afrikaans. Progressives do not usually translate into Afrikaans.
What is it?
Progressive indicates a continuous action versus a one-time action. Compare: I close the book VERSUS I am closing the book.
You will notice the TO BE and verb-ING structure.
Because this structure is so normal and omnipresent in English, we have to talk about it. We would find ways around it, since Afrikaans does NOT use a TO BE + verb-ing structure.
(English Mindset): She was talking on the phone when I got home.
(Afrikaans Mindset): She was on the phone when I got home.
You will have to train yourself to identify progressive sentences and "unprogressivise" them :-)
He was kicking the ball. > He kicked the ball.
He is kicking the ball. > He kicks the ball.
He will be kicking the ball. > He will kick the ball.
Remove the progressive from the sentences below. Copy them to Notepad or a word processor, then change them, then click on this link to compare your effort with the answers.
1. The leader is coming.
2. We were thinking about it.
3. I will be going too.
4. The phone was ringing when I woke up, and believe me, I was trying to answer it, but the phone fell to the ground. Now I am wondering who was calling. When I go to work I will be checking with others to find out who was calling me so early.