Questions tagged [present-participles]

The Present Participle is a Verb used as an Adjective. It is formed by adding the suffix -ing to the infinitive form of the Verb.

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Verb-ing (present participle) + noun

Can verb-ing + noun mean something which is done? For example, “drinking water.” “Drinking water” means water which is drunk, not water which drinks something.
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Brian was released without charge this evening after being detained

Brian was released without charge this evening after being detained by police for about ten hours. Brian was released without charge this evening, being detained by police for about ten hours. Being ...
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I don't understand sentence structure in the following example? Can anyone please break it down by parts of speech?

The Barcelona superstar scored the latest spectacular strike of his set-piece highlight reel this week, getting proceedings underway during the 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. It seems to me ...
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Need some help with the use of Present Participle

He said that marking exams without knowing students' names, and having teachers discuss and review the grades they give with others, would reduce any possible biases caused by personality. In the ...
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emerging variants

In the following sentence, is the Delta variant an emerging one? The COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly becoming an arms race among the emerging variants of the virus, and at the moment, there is no ...
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Want someone ing, gerund? participle?

I was wondering when you say "I don't want you crying" or "I don't want you coming home late", Is the ings, here "crying" and "coming" are considered gerunds(...
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While crossing the road, the old man was hit by a bus [closed]

Should part 1 be like- while he was crossing the road because of passive structure in part 2.
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I lack confidence vs I am lacking in confidence?

I lack confidence I am lacking in confidence What's the difference in meaning between the two? Also, does lacking place emphasis on present state of lackingness (partial continuity) Is there a vessel ...
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Reduced adverb clause in the imperative sentences

1- (I - implied subject) Thank you for being a good listener unshortened situation: I thank you because you are a good listener 2- (You - implied subject) Promise her for being a good listener ...
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With Tom's being a VIP, we should treat him very well

With Tom being a VIP, we should treat him very well. With Tom's being a VIP, we should treat him very well. Do they both sound correct?
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Is it gerund or present participle and how?

I saw a running girl coming towards us. What is coming in it? I believe present participle but can you explain?
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people standing?

I saw some people who were in the process of standing up. So they were not 'standing' up yet. I was wondering if you could refer to them as people standing? For example, Can " people standing ...
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grammatical role of “using piano keys”

You just heard "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. This is a song about racial harmony using piano keys. The black keys on the piano are ebony, and the white ones are ...
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I can imagine him (being??) really angry

You could imagine sentence (a) (being??) uttered by someone consulting their diary and seeing that tomorrow's page is blank. I can imagine him (being??) really angry. I can't imagine elephants (...
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trouble/busy/at home/… doing something

I have a grammar question about the role of these bold "doing" in the below sentences and why they have "ing" form? I am busy doing my homework. I have trouble doing my homework. ...
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To be left to + present participle

Is this a correct way to write? I mean using present participle extemporizing. Too important to be left to 'extemporizing'
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Paraphrasing “Peter was abandoned by his parents at an early age and took to stealing.” to participles

From my homework about participles, I have to paraphrase this to participles but I don't know how to. Peter was abandoned by his parents at an early age and took to stealing.
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Is it being faced, faced, or having been faced with the increasing unemployment?

In writing the following sentence, I am hesitating which one (Being faced, faced, having been faced) I should use at the beginning: _____ with the increasing unemployment, many people went on strike ...
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“The met official has discarded possibility of the celcius breaching forty degree in coming days.”

I can not understand how the ing form has been used in the sentence with breach? Is it the shortening form? The met official has discarded possibility of the celcius breaching forty degree in coming ...
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the cop (who's) escorting him

One of the cops escorts Tim out of the house and toward a police car. Curious neighbors have gathered outside. Tim spits on the cop (who's) escorting him. Is "escorts" the more natural ...
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gerund and present participle

What are the differences between gerund and present participle? Is the following a case of present participle? People joining the association will have to pay.
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ing-clause grammar question

Anyone know why providing was used here? Is using which provides here correct? We have a weekly Western Canada newsletter written by our B.C. and Alberta bureau chiefs, providing a comprehensive ...
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“I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character”

I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character. What form of verb "be" should be used in this sentence? I can't come up with anything.
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Is sheltering in this sentence gerund or present participle

'Sheltering thieving juveniles causes harm to all' Can two present participles be used sequentially
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present participle vs past participle into the other forms

'I have an automatically moving toy car.' moving car = car being moving 'I have a toy car moved by hand.' moved car = car having been moved Is it right?
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Two-syllable verbs stressed on the first syllable that do not double the final consonant in the --ing form

Can anyone think of more two-syllable verbs that have stress on the first syllable and do not double the final consonant in the -ing form. The instances I am looking for will have a vowel before the ...
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'Sitting' and 'Standing' are participles?

He is standing there. He is sitting on the chair. 'Sitting' and 'standing' are present Participles working here as an adjective? And are they subjective complement?
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Why is it “crouching tiger hidden dragon” but not “crouching tiger hiding dragon”?

Why is the movie named "crouching tiger hidden dragon"? This is mainly a question about present and past participle. Why can't it be "crouching tiger hiding dragon"? Since the ...
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The word 'Surviving' in 'one of the the earliest surviving poems'

One of the earliest surviving Anglo Saxon poems, Widsith, is the autobiographical record of such a scop. Here, Surviving is a Participle or a Gerund? Can we say "Widsith is one of the earliest ...
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Dangling participle “Growing up in Missouri, they would kind of take us out into the woods”?

Growing up in Missouri, they would kind of take us out into the woods. (From TED, beginging at the first 16 second ) I think this sentence is not syntactically right as it makes the mistake of "...
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What is “being” called grammatically?

They weren’t being intentionally dishonest, just influenced by the conventional wisdom. As a part of speech of "being" here.
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How Gerund affects subject verb agreement?

Eating sweets __________ (is/ are ) tough. Contesting elections ______ ( is / are ) tough . [ Which one is the subject Eating/ Contesting or sweets / elections ?] According to Cambridge Grammar of ...
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i've a bit of confusion in using “has/have been”

have been is basically used to express the action that was started in past and is still happening up to present. Now sometimes we use have been in the following contexts as well:- your device has ...
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I want to ask why we use leaving for in this sentence. Do you have a flight leaving for New York

Do you have a flight leaving for New York? I would like to ask about this sentence why don't use leave for instead of leaving for.
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how to understand the present-participle “winding” in the following sentence?

Here is the example, The long and winding road leads to your door. I know the present-participle modifiers may indicate something undergoing a process or somebody doing something. But I think the &...
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“ a child growing up in two cultures” equals to “a child who grew up …/who had grown up…”?

As a child growing up in two cultures, I found this difference a bit confusing. Does the present participle (bold text) equal to "who grew up" or "who had grown up”? My reasoning is ...
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“selling pottery” or “by selling pottery”?

Quezada helped his village with the money he earned selling pottery. (From ACT ) Why is the present participle used here? Would it be better to say "by selling pottery"?
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a tour taking in several pubs

The following is the definition of "pub crawl" in an Oxford dictionary. I'd like to know whether "taking in" can be paraphrased as "that takes in." a tour taking in ...
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the subject of “taking an endless pleasure ”

Next to motherhood, sisterhood is what they value most, taking an endless pleasure in the daily, common place society of one another. Isn't "sisterhood" the subject of the participle "...
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The subject of “lacking accounts by conquered people…”

However, lacking accounts by conquered people about their interactions with the Incas, it is unknown how much of the information of the Inca conquest as related by the ruling class is factual.(From ...
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What does present participle “occurring throughout most of North America” modify?

Raccoons have a vast transcontinental distribution, occurring throughout most of North America and Central America. (From TOEFL) Is the logic subject of "occuring" transcontinental ...
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Passing test or passed test?

In this video, he says "Now, we have two passing tests." It doesn't make sense to me by saying passing test. I would say passed test instead. Because a test can only be passed, right? How ...
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to sign up [using] / [by using] the link in the description

"The first thousand people to sign up using the link in the description will get their first two months free." This is a sentence from a sponsored Youtube video. I saw it and wrote it down. ...
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A gerund or a participle?

A paragraph from a ACT reading test: Within the blue bracket that I marked, what does hearing function here? Gerund? so what goes before "was" is a long subject? But that does not seem to ...
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a place filled/filling with fun

Is there any practical difference between "filling" and "filled" in the following? John was staying at a place filled/filling with fun.
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present, past, passive and perfect participle usages

Which is correct grammatically? Beaten severely, he died immediately. [past participle] Having been beaten severely, he died immediately. [perfect participle) I would like to put my understanding of ...
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“I am so sad to leave” vs “I am so sad to be leaving”

"I am so sad to leave" vs "I am so sad to be leaving" What's the difference between "to leave" and "to be leaving." As a non-native it's just different but not ...
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Why did the author use Present Continuous in the second part of “…pushed himself away, leaving the card on the table”

English is my second language. I've been reading a book for 2 days and I faced with a misunderstanding. The man in the wheelchair pushed himself away, leaving the card on the table. Here is a ...
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Is the sentence 'I can be doing the work' correct?

Suppose, I am doing a work. I am having the ability to do the work. Can we say: I can be doing the work. Is the structure can+be+present participle correct? Again, suppose, I have done a work. Can we ...
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Is it possible to use 'already' without 'have/had' in front?

Is it possible to use already without have/had in front? For example: I already eat/ate ?

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