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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how to identify between gerund and participles

I saw him parking a car. I saw his parking. I heard his singing. I heard him singing. I heard him sing. I watch him doing this. I watch him do this. from these sentences , please tell which ones are ...
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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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Participle Phrases vs. Reduced Relative Clauses

I found this article about Participle Phrases, It's the first time I hear about them. I always thought they are all reduced relative clauses. How do they differ from reduced relative clauses? ...
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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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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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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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Present participle clause

Now that you had many hours of experience riding a bike , you can easily ride your bicycle. I sense that in this sentence the participle clause in bold adds a meaning to the sentence that "you" ...
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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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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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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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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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Use of -ing after while

In the following two sentences, there is -ing after while: While exploring the paths of program, we established a natural partitioning of paths on-the-fly based on program dependencies - ...
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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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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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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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"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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are the uses of 'bare infinitive' & 'participle' same here?

I saw him sing I saw him singing In the first example, the verb sing is used as a bare infinitive and in the following one it is exemplified as a present participle. My question is if both of them ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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 is "allowing" used instead of "allows" in "allowing teams to detect problems early"?

I have read an article and noticed a sentence: Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect problems early. Why do they use allowing instead of allows?
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When do we double the consonant before '-ing' affix?

My son is learning how to spell. He is doing a good job listening to sounds and working out spelling that way (which doesn't work for many words, but at least a lot of common ones), but although he's ...
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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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To see vs Seeing

It felt really nice seeing all the things fall together into place. Vs It felt really nice to see all the things fall together into place. Is this just an infinite- gerund thing? Or are the ...
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Which tense is better in a timeline? "2001: establishment of an R&D center" vs. "2001: establishing an R&D center"

Imagine that we have a corporate website with a timeline of the company's history: 2003: Construction of a finished dosage forms plant 2004: Establishment of an R&D center at the Moscow ...
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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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Am I interpreting the difference correctly? "being + [past participle]" vs. "[past participle]" in context

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 at ...
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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 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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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 going ...
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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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be to be verb-ing

Will English speakers use 'be to be verb-ing' to form a sentence? See the examples below: a) You are to be presenting your group project during the next lesson. b) I am to be studying in school from ...
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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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