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What part of speech is the word "running" in "I kept running"?

I think it's a noun (gerund) but I'm not totally sure.

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The word "running" is a gerund-participial or "-ing" form of the verb "run". It is part of a catenative construction with "kept".

See:
Wiktionary English catenative verbs

keep
I didn't get anything, so I kept trying my best.

See also: Wikpedia catenative verb

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