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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Meanings for “She kicked me rolling under the table”? [closed]

She kicked me rolling under the table. Which of these below would mean the sentence above? She rolled under the table, and while rolling, she also kicked me. While I was rolling under the table, I ...
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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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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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