A runway car came hurtling towards us.

Here hurtling is a ________?

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    What did your research for the word "hurtling" tell you?
    – Davo
    Feb 28, 2019 at 20:24

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Hurtling is a descriptive gerund in that sentence.

  • I know gerunds act as nouns. But here 'Came' is a intransitive verb after which an object [noun/gerund] is not nessary. I mean, after intransitive verb, adver or prepositiinal phrase( may be other things also) can be used, but not gerund. Mar 2, 2019 at 20:27
  • After linking verb, descriptive gerund can be used like ' Work is earning/My job is earning money. Here came is not a linking verb,is it? Mar 2, 2019 at 21:18
  • Descriptive gerunds can be used with verbs, directly after them. I'm not sure I can articulate a rule for when they can, but it means to be doing that action at the same time. For example, "he died laughing" means he was laughing at the time he died.
    – SamBC
    Mar 2, 2019 at 21:43

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