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1) My hobby is gardening. 2) My hobby is interesting. which one is gerund or participle?

which parts of speech is gardening and interesting ? 1) My hobby is gardening. 2) My hobby is interesting.
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When to use past participles? I can't find a clear rule

everyone. My understanding of past participles--and it's based on my own observations, not on my reading this rule--is that you use "had [verb]" when speaking about something that, in the past, ...
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Can I use the perfect participle in a question? And can I use it after “instead of”?

"Shouldn't the objects have disappeared instead of the writings on them having been changed?" Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not then how can you make it grammatically correct? Can I use ...
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“She isn't a movie-going person”

What does "movie-going" mean in this phrase? Can we use the same for other locations like the theater or the stadium? She isn't a movie-going person Source: https://twitter.com/tvs_movies/status/...
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participles at the same time

While I was reading a magazine, I saw a sentence that makes me think about orders, placements of the participles. Anyone caught playing faced fines and even potential jail time. I think that the ...
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“I want him arrested.” Is “arrested” a participle that act as an adjective modifying “him”?

A participle act as an adjective. But adjective mostly come before noun. This sentence only has pronoun. And "arrested" comes after pronoun. If "arrested" does not act as an adjective, What is its ...
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“Look at the sun setting” OR “Look at the setting sun”

Look at the sun setting. Look at the setting sun. As far as I know, setting in the first sentence is a participle and in the second sentence it is an adjective. Do they both mean the same? ...
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“Starting” or “to start?”

Can you please help me with the following sentences which one would be correct? What is the difference between them and when I should use -ing form and when -to+infinitive in similar cases? "I ...
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participle phrase with a comma

Mark stood next to Tracy, feeling helplessly nervous. I have a question about this sentence. If context is added, according to context, can the sentence mean either 1 or 2 below? Mark stood next to ...
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What “totalling” is modifying?

Yesterday, Fang told the court that Zahid and his family took 23 insurance policies for 12 vehicles owned by them totalling $10k . What "totalling" is modifying ? Shouldn't there be a comma before "...
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verb plus ing in the begining of a sentence

I've been reading some books and confusing about how to use "verb plus "ing" in the beginning of a sentence". Here are some examples: A large crowd was still huddled around Bird, blocking him ...
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“drinking a cup of coffee” vs “over a cup of coffee” [duplicate]

We can describe two things we do in one time with a participle construction like the following sentence: We had a chat drinking a cup of coffee. However, we may also describe the same situation ...
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'non-been Being'

The word 'being' can mean 'creature' or 'as' (i.e: 'being / as a rich man'). What is the meaning of 'non-been Being' exactly? . Is this ambiguous?
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Past participle

ex1) There is not any paper left.(OK) ex2) There is not any left paper.(X) I want to know why the past participle 'left' should be located at the end of the sentence like ex1.
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Introductory Participial Phrases with no antecedent

I asked a question similar to this before and did not receive a suitable answer so I am going to try again. In the business world where people often create unnecessarily complicated and poorly ...
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“starting from…ending with…”

A: How computers affect our everyday life? B: In a positive way, certainly. They help with so many things, starting from writing and printing your own essay and ending with developing advanced ...
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Determined/determining to make a good beginning, these new comers did all they could

I encountered an exercise on an app today, which asks me to choose a right word for the sentence: _____ to make a good beginning, these new-comers did all that they could to get themselves well-...
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Are Past Participles Non Finite Verbs?

I'm currently reading a book on syntax and it states the following: "Be careful not to confuse the past participle with the past tense...They differ, however in that the past tense form is finite, ...
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Use of ing without helping verbs

A few days ago I came across this post: "How people feel after sharing a post about Amazon forest fire thinking that will put it out". Since then I have not been able to comprehend the grammar ...
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…,starting / ending

1- Tryouts for select teams are held in August with practice starting in September. (What does "starting" modify here? ) 2- Free tokens will be issued for each tour starting at 8 p.m. in ...
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A man sitting here or seated here

What is the difference between the sentences below when the situation is a state condition. 1. A man is sitting in the Room. 2. A man is seated in the Room
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Spanning the life…(Use of participle)

...Spanning the life period from birth to the age of 18 months, the oral stage is the first of the five Freudian psychosexual development stages: (i) the oral, (ii) the anal, (iii) the phallic, (...
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Sentence construction with participles

A: A is drinking cups of coffee nonstop in the kitchen. B: What the hell! You trying to make your heart explode? A: I am loading up on coffee. Because it is a pain in the ass getting to ...
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Participles to convey purpose

He called the Fun Zone, asking to meet the guys from the video. Hi, I saw that sentence in a tv-series. I suppose I can rewrite it as: 1- "He called the Fun Zone and asked to meet the guys from ...
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Probability of dangling modifiers

1- Do you know my brother Ben, living in Hong Kong. I created a issue about this sentece above if it has a dangling modifiers in this website some time ago. I received an answer saying this sentence ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause when the verb of the main clause is “to+be”

1- Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Essos is an immense landmass located..+ Essos extends into the far...) 2- He ...
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Spent time doing/ have no business doing something/ Have a job doing

I do not really understand the use of participles in these kind of sentences. 1- We spent the first month just debating what to call ourselves. 2- You had no business reading my private ...
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Different functions of participles

It is about saving lives, starting with mine." (A line from a tv series) (Context: He talks about time travel to save lives including his life.) I can't understand how that participle works here. I ...
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Omitting “and” and using participle instead

I was working a drug case, tracking this drug dealer for months. Then suddenly he disappeared. (From a tv-series) This sentence kind of confused me. In this sentence, what does participle imply? (...
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Omitting “being” after subject in absolute phrases

As far as I know, we can omit "being" in the sentence 1 and 2. 1- He smiled at his girlfriend, her clothes (being) all muddy and tattered. 2- His Ipad (being) dead, he felt bored. Can I ...
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Based on/ depending on

Are these phrasal verbs classified as "prepositions" ? I came across this page in a dictionary, it classifies "according to" as a preposition. Or they are just participles(reduced from a participle ...
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“Being” more precisely

Being more precisely, I just don't even know what "end up" means. I saw this sentece in a forum. Is use of "being" here correct? I would write it this way: To be more presicely, I just don't even ...
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Participles to modify the subject of the main clause

"Essos is an immense landmass located to the east of Westeros, extending into the far east of the known world." (Here, "extending" describes the Essos or does it describes the landmass? ) Having ...
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Functions of participle clauses?

I don't understand the function of participles in these sentences below. 1- She fled with her children, ending up in a shelter. (Does the action of the main clause( "fleeing") happen at the same ...
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Dangling participle?

As far as I know those two examples below considered wrong because of dangling participles. 1- For the interview, William borrowed Grandpa's old suit, draped neatly on a hanger. 2- Do you ...
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Using comma before a non-essential reduced relative clause which describes the object of the main clause

I am really confused about dangling phrases. Which sentences below are grammatically correct? I think just 1 and 4 are correct here? 1- Did you read Hamlet, which was written by William ...
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Using an adverbial phrase between the object and the participle?

There's been a gentleman here asking for you, sir. As far as I know, In this form the participle always comes immediately after the object of the main clause. After I saw this sentence above. A ...
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Using “ comma + participle clause” when the subject of the main clause is different

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water. (Context: "It" is a laden mattress that carries the dead body of Gastsby and ...
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Is this an example of a gerund or a participle?

this is my first time asking a question in ELL, so I am sorry if I broke any rules. In the following sentence, is tapping a gerund or a participle? His tapping finger on the change mat speeded up ...
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Using “v-ing” after some phrases

I always think that we can use "v-ing" to combine two phrases when two interconnected activities are going on. For example : In sentence two, "explainig situation" and "having a hard time" is a ...
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Using comma before participles

As far as I know, when two action happen at the same time, I can combine these two sentence into one sentence by using participle form for the one of the actions. The thing what I am trying to ask ...
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Am I interpreting the difference correctly? “being + Pas Participle” Vs “Pas Participle” in contetxt

Consider these two self-made sentences below. Being armed with previous experiences, I decided to check the map at every crossroad. Armed with previous experiences, I decided to check the map ...
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Best description of the sentence

The policeman, running with all his speed, was scarcely able to overtake the thief. Which of the following sentence best describes the above sentence? A: The policeman ran with all his speed and ...
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Participle to finite verb

I have to rewrite the following sentence by changing the participle into a finite verb Going up the stairs, the boy fell down. According to me the answer should be While the boy was going up the ...
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Choose correct option

You have played instead of working or having worked. You are playing instead of working or having worked. You played cricket instead of working or having worked yesterday. I am confused in the above ...
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Joining two sentence s using a participle

I have to join two sentences using a participle. He staggered back. He sank to the ground. I think I can do it two ways ----- Staggering back, he sank to the ground. Having staggered back, ...
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A question related to participles

There is given a pair of sentences and I have to join the two sentences into one using a participle. We started early. We arrived at noon Answer was Starting/having started early, we arrived at ...
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Difference between adjectives and participle adjectives

Michael, bereft of his son Luke, died of a ,broken* heart. Broken is adjective or participle adjective. I think it is participle adjective, because it is formed from the verb break. But the book I am ...
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Difference between adjectives and participle adjectives in english

In the following sentence I have to identify participles. Michael, bereft of his son Luke, died of a broken heart. I think there are 2 participles bereft, broken But the answer was just bereft

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