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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that running boy

a. Stop that running boy! b. Stop that boy running! You see a young boy running towards a street and you think he is going to try and cross it and put his life in danger. You shout to other people to ...
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Participle or Gerund when prepositions are present?

a) After having the meal, she went shopping. b) On being told the party was cancelled, the girl burst into tears. c) While walking along the street, Sandy answered. Please, advise whether the ing-...
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Can we use participle clauses as adverbial modifiers?

Most of the time, participle clauses are used in sentences like the ones that I have written below (all of which feature present participles): [1] Walking the dog, she breathed the fresh air. [2] He ...
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participial construction: the driver dying instantly

Is the boldfaced participial construction used properly? If not, why? The car crashed into the building, the driver dying instantly.
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the majority heading to Europe

Are the following sentences equivalent in meaning? How do (b) and (c) differ in usage? (a) Many Syrian people have been driven out of the country and the majority headed to Europe. (b) Many Syrian ...
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found my watch having disappeared

Is "having disappeared" correctly used in the following? If not, why? Before I left my room this morning, I found my watch having disappeared from the desk.
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How to use "Having + V3" and "Having been + V3" at the beginning of sentences

I am struggling to learn how to use "Having" in many cases. Through my reading on many sites, I understand that below are grammatically correct (if not kindly let me know): Having seen my ...
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"remove" vs "removing"

I saw this sentence in a book: So I move this into the intermediate data structure, removing it from the parameter list. I want to know whether it is equivalent to this sentence: So I move this ...
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Why doesn't this sound right?

All of these sound right: I found her dressed on the ground. I found her lying on the ground. I found her knocked out on the ground. I found her dead. But this sounds wrong. I found her fallen ...
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What does a gerund mean following comma?

I'm trying to understand the meaning of these sentences but I can't. For example: She hurried out the door, taking her coat with her. or Disappointed, they turned back, leaving a number of oxygen ...
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Can a present participle function adverbially?

She hit the ground running. He went flying. In these two examples, the present participles 'running' and 'flying' are clearly modifying their respective verbs. 'Running' complements 'hit', and '...
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Spent vs Spending

What is the difference between, The three pie charts below show the changes in annual spent by a particular school in 1981, 1991 and 2001. The three pie charts below show the changes in annual ...
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Why does the second clause of "Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee" use "injuring" instead of "injured"?

"Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee." I don't understand why the clause uses present participle (injuring) instead of the past tense (injured) of the verb? Does this sentence mean ...
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Their eyes looks identical or their eyes look identical? [closed]

Their eyes looks identical or their eyes look identical? Which one would be grammatically correct?
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they've got a cheek making you pay

How do you analyze the -ing phrase in the following? What role does it play in the sentence? What does it modify? I think they've got a cheek making you pay to park the car.
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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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