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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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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How can we identify that “It's freezing”, freezing is an adj not verb+ing?

It's freezing. I noticed there are many sentences that have a construction with a [verb] + ing, but the word is not a verb but actually is an adjective. How can we know? There're some sentences like &...
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had difficulty finding a place to stay

a. I had a difficulty to find a place to stay. b. I had difficulty to find a place to stay. c. I had a difficulty finding a place to stay. d. I had difficulty finding a place to stay. ...
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The form of news title [duplicate]

When reading news titles in English, I always notice a strange form in the title, examples : Quarantine bringing out creativity for millions on TikTok (source: CNN) Meet the clown lifting spirits in ...
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“It was nice meeting you or it was nice talking to you”, What's the grammar?

I'm not sure about this thing, but it has been tormenting me for a while. I can't really understand the grammatical structure of it was nice meeting you. I mean, if nice in itself is an adjective, ...
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What is the difference between these sentences including present participle?

What is the difference between these sentences including present participle? The running car has no batteries. The car (which is) running has no batteries.
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Gerunds or Present Participle

My dog's favorite pastime is sleeping. I have been told that the word sleeping in this instance, is a gerund, but I have also been told that any "ing" word that follows "to be", in this case "is", ...
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What is the participle of “stop working” and should I use it?

I was trying to formulate the present participle form of the sentence "My body slowly stops working". My intuition told me that I should be writing "My body is slowly stopping to work." However I have ...
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Part of Speech of 'Singing'

I study Gerund and Participle. Here’s a sentence in my textbook: Can you hear Sam singing? What is the part of speech of "Singing"?
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Almost died laughing

Is this a set phrase? Can it be changed to laugh? Or does that sound weird? Almost died laughing Almost died laugh
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“Starting” or “to start?”

What is the difference between them and when I should use -ing form and when -to+infinitive in similar cases? "I could see her eyes starting to tear up." or "I could see her eyes to ...
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Present participle phrase used non restrictively modifying its preceding noun

I have learnt that past participle phrase can be used non-restrictively, set off by commas, as in 1 and 2, but cannot only present participle phrase be used non-restrictively? If context is clear as ...
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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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Begin the sentence with present participle

The captain won the toss. He elected to bat first. Is it Having won the toss the captain elected to bat first. or Winning the toss the captain elected to bat first.
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Why not a preposition + a noun instead of “beginning on Monday”?

What does "beginning" mean in the following sentence? She will be in Canada next week for the Global Hepatitis Summit. Her patients won't be able to consult with her beginning on Monday, as she ...
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What is the use of “being” in the sentence grammatically?

In the sentence: Major refreshes to the OS come about every six months, with the most recent being the May 2019 Update. What is the use of "being" grammatically? Can any words be added between "...
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I have a bug eating plant vs I have a plant eating bugs

Is it OK to reduce the relative clause below: I have a plant which eats bugs. into: I have a plant eating bugs. If so, I suppose it is still more natural to say: I have a bug eating plant. ...
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What is the use of the word “being” in this sentence?

I have come across the sentence below from this site. Now, it is difficult, perhaps impossible, to bring forward one case of the hybrid offspring of two animals clearly distinct being ...
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What are these ingforms of learning?

He is learning English I saw him learning English. Learning is fun. Learning English is fun Learning a course in English is useful In sentence 1, learning is the main verb. some call ...
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to-infinitive or present participle?

The sentence I am stuck with: The specimen to be tested is injected into an environmental chamber through which a constant flow of air passes. I paraphrase it in my mind: The specimen which ...
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Using “present participle” after the main clause

I came across this website. One member says this: "If it (present participle) comes after the main phrase, that is what he did afterwards. " And gives example: a- Tom took off his hat, putting it ...
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which one should i use: Present Participle or Past Participle?

What is the difference between using a Present Participle or Past Participle? Original sentence below (from financial times): The acquisition marks Asahi's biggest mve as it persues growth outside ...
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Diagramming “There is less need for a superstar hardware designer hanging around”

There is less need for a superstar hardware designer hanging around. Can someone diagram this sentence for me? I remember that "-ing" form as present participle can represent an event that is ...
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You have been there 5 hours, it is a new record!

I have been trying to comprehend the difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous. So I came up with the situation, I say "Dude, get out from the toilet, you have been seating ...
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I always get confused between be and being can anyone solve my problem [duplicate]

I don't want you to be here again. I don't want you being here again. 'Being' is always a problem for me. I can use all gerunds but not this one. Please help.
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Usage question: “point being” vs “the point is” and “point being is”?

I hear a lot lines like below. I think there is no solid rule for this. Point being, (is?) there are many exceptions in English Grammar that keeps one from claiming a universal rule for articles ...
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Is “ending” in “the first sign of something ending” an adjective(participle) or a gerund?

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the idiom the beginning of the end is defined as below. the first sign of something ending I am not sure whether ending is a participle that functions as ...
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Popcorn is the only acceptable snack to consume while watching a movie

Popcorn is the only acceptable snack to consume while watching a movie. Is this sentence really grammatically correct? I think it doesn't, because "watching" looks like referring to the behavior ...
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Who is frowning in the sentence “Daisy looked at Tom frowning”?

I read this sentence from The Great Gatsby: “Plenty of gas,” said Tom boisterously. He looked at the gauge. “And if it runs out I can stop at a drug-store. You can buy anything at a drug-store ...
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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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Identifying absolute phrase

In an exercise I had to find how the participle was used in sentences. One of the sentence was-- The traveller, being weary, sat by the wood side to rest. Its answer was being - present ...

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