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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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Missing and missed

What's the difference between your missing friend and your missed friend? What do these two sentences mean?
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“ing”-form after “while” / “during” question

I was wondering - when using "while" usually the "ing" form of a verb follows but what if the sentence continues? Example: While his friends are enjoying (1. ing) their vacation at the beach he ...
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get something stuck / to stick / sticking

The verb stick can mean "to become fixed in one position and impossible to move." But there is the adjective stuck, which means "unable to move or to be moved." I'd like to know what difference, if ...
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Present participle Future

Is this sentence correct? "I have all the documents and I should be filing it this week." I know (I will be filing...) would work, but I was just wondering if the above sentence is acceptable.
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He is asked me to dinner. Is the sentence right?

He is asked me to dinner. He is asking me to dinner. The first sentence come from a native speaker of English. Is it correct? What is the difference between the meaning what it expressed and the ...
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Which of the two words sounds more natural and common to native speakers? “Though merging/merged…”

You know that the word 'merge' is both transitive and intransitive. Then in the following sentence, which of the two sounds more natural and common to native speakers? And why? Though (merging/...
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When + [Present Participle Simple] vs When + [Present Participle Continious]

Here's an example sentence from a meme (imagine there's a man thinking about it with a wise look): When you are thinking about how to reduce work without doing anything Why not When you think ...
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Can you explain what is wrong with this sentence: “Being asked about the experiment, I encourage other people to have a try,”

Today in class we studied participle clauses. Students were asked to transform with sentence "When I am asked about the experiment, I encourage other people to have a try." The correct textbook answer ...
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What is the difference between “writing in” and “written in”?

I read an article of Economist, and now I have a question. Chamberlain returned home believing that he had cast-iron assurances from Hitler not to invade Czechoslovakia, famously waving the letter ...
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Being washed two weeks ago

Is "being" okay in the following? What difference does it make if it is removed? (Being) washed two weeks ago, the car still looks spotlessly clean.
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present participle without “being”

Legacies of a unique evolutionary heritage, they hold the promise of future discoveries—from medicines and foods to biofuels.Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity I has been ...
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went away, singing the national anthem?

Can "singing a song" be moved to the front in the following? The students went away, singing the national anthem. Singing a song, the students went away. What about the following? ...
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Present Perfect Participle - Why Present?

Consider this example Having switched off the lights, I went to bed. It implies that I went to bed after I had switched off the lights. The action of switching off the lights happened prior to ...
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determining present participle

Look at this example below You kept me waiting. Why 'waiting' is an example of a present participle? I have found a very decent explanation of participles and how to determine them here. But I am ...
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Selling or sold?

Selling for $40, the gadget will give you great value. Selling for $40, the gadget may seem expensive at first sight. In the context of the sentences, there is no particular item that has been ...
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his being only eight [duplicate]

Kristin: I just wanted to give you a call and ask how your Chattanooga trip was. Susan: Oh, it was great. It was great. It was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Susan: You know, we took ...
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Use of to-infinitives/present participles that describe a noun

My colleague at work keeps using to-infinitives and present participles that describe a noun in ways that I think are wrong. But I am not 100% sure if they are wrong and why. He says, "PFC converting ...
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“each light deserting her” or “each light was deserting her”?

Her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened -- then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk". (The Great Gatsby, ...
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Identify piece of grammar?

I had this sentence in my English exercise book: "Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, being eleven times the size of the earth." So exactly what kind of grammar is it? (with one ...
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That last one being most important

Vog (volcanic fog) is a form of air pollution. It`s made of carbon dioxide, water vapor and sulfur dioxide. That last one being most important. Why did the author use "being" instead of "is"? http:...
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present tense or present participle?

I created the following sentences: Measure the speed of the uncoiled spring returning to its original length. Measure the speed at which the uncoiled spring returns(is returning) to its ...
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Sentence condensers

I got an assignment for my linguistics class, but I don´t understand what it means. Search through the text and find examples of present and past participles, infinitives and gerunds used as ...
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present participle use in different ways

I saw a speeding sedan down the road. The sedan was speeding down the road. The first one is an example of the present participle (as the word speeding is linked with the car acting like an ...
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Why these are participles not gerunds?

Hearing a noise,he woke up. here hearing is said to be a participle. But how it acts as an adjective? Again, By working hard, you can prosper. Is working a participle or gerund?
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Replacing “that” with a present participle

Which makes more sense, or is more correct? one of the three fountains standing in the center of the garden Or one of the three fountains that stand in the center of the garden. I am trying ...
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Difference between following phrase

Many people living in that area are farmers vs Many people who live in that area are farmers And The man standing there is a driver vs The man who is standing there is a driver
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“Go to the next step” or “go on to the next step”?

Go to the next step has more Google hits than go on to the next step. However, a native speaker (from Britain) told me that I should use go on. Maybe this is a case of American vs British English?
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done / having been done + once

Having been chased by street dogs once, he doesn't dare to take that path. An example relating to "___ (tell) many times, he still made the same mistakes" form http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/...
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what is in it for him to back you

Can one write: 1) What is in it for him backing you against Tom? 2) What is in it for him, backing you against Tom? 3) What is in it for his backing you against Tom? 4) What is in it ...
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Participle clauses

Studying participles with adverbial meaning, I got to know how to shorten complex sentences with the help of V-ing. The topic is quite clear, but I'm wondering about the difference in meaning if we ...
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“My X is to be Y-ing Z” Is this gramatically correct?

For example: "My goal is to be leading a team of people that are skilled in construction." Is this gramatically correct or not? edit: I know "My goal is to lead a team" is better, but is the above ...
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“…than recognize faces” or “… than recognizing faces”

Our brains are incredibly agile machines, and it’s hard to think of anything they do more efficiently than recognize faces. In this sentence, is the word "recognize" grammatically correct, or should ...
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How is “grading exams” understood?

In an application letter, I'm having a bulleted list of educational tasks I performed in the past. One of them is setting up exam texts and grading exams How is "grading exams" understood? Does ...
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Should “risk rape” instead of “risk raping” be used in the sentence?

She had once risked rape herself, when militiamen stopped her car on the road to Kigali at night. The sentence is from an article.I'm confused about the bold part, I think "risked raping herself" ...
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Why is there a comma after “growing up” in the sentence?

He gave the music away for nothing because he believed it should be as freely available as the air you breathed, or as the wild blackberries and raspberries he used to gorge on, growing up, in the ...
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Participle clause as sentence without conjugated verb?

I've recently come across a sentence in an essay I proofread that went something like "Focusing on these experimental and statistical strategies." I thought it wasn't really a sentence and suggested ...
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Why do we say “English-speaking world” rather “spoken-English world”, while “spoken English” rather than “speaking English”?

Why do we say "spoken English" rather than "speaking English", while "English-speaking world" rather "spoken-English world"? Since "English in writing" is right, how about "writing English"?
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What's the difference between “person who waits for…” and “person waiting for…”?

Which one is right? Just an ordinary person who waits for an idiot. Just an ordinary person waiting for an idiot. I've been confused about this thing. I need someone help me to answer this or ...
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Present participle of 'feel' and change in meaning

"I feel lucky" "I am feeling lucky." Do both sentences convey same meaning?I have read that emotive verbs are not used in participle form on account of their meaning?
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Use of preposition 'of'

"I saw him playing cards." When this line is transformed,which of two following is correct and why? "I saw his playing cards". "I saw his playing of cards."
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Gerund vs Participle

"I saw the storm approaching." In above line approaching is describing storm. Gerund is used as objective complement to describe object. Participle like an adjective describes a noun or pronoun. ...
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My question is about usage of tenses

While writing an essay on "My Book" We write " I bought it from the market" Why don't we write " I have bought it from the market" or " I had bought it from the market"? Asked 1m ago
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using V-ing after When

Actually I'm doing a Grammar exercise that require me to identify mistake in a sentence. Here's the sentence: (A)When hearing the weather forecast, we decide (B)not to go camping (C)in the (D) ...
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The Rules of using the “ing” verb?

I am a little confused with the way "ing" verbs are used. As English is my second language I can't seem to quite understand how it's used. For example: "...doing lots of outdoor activities, ...
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What do Highlighted words indicate?

I don't understand why the writer highlights the following words in the given sentence: "despite having to use an interpreter I was able to find out." The highlighted words are as follows: ...
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Is this participle correctly used?

Usually when a present participle is modifying a noun, that noun is the subject of the sentence. In this sentence, the modified noun, however, isn't the subject. The sentence sounds a little ...
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“I've been loving you” is not a formal English

The phrase I've been loving you is not formal English. Or so I'm told. I can't figure out what is wrong, though, please someone kindly explain. I did google and found on WordReference the thread: ...
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difference between “looking” and “looked” here-

It left the German Embassy looking as though it had been racked by an earthquake. It left the German Embassy looked as though it had been racked by an earthquake. Is the #2 a correct ...
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I am teaching him English

I teach him English. I teaching him English. I am teaching him English. Are these sentences above grammatically correct?
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A Problem with Present Participle

Waiting for John, I made some tea. [1] I have a participle clause above and I want to find the original clause. The sentence is from this link. I have two choices presented as follows: While I was ...