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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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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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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What is the difference between "being" and "having been" in this context?

Being a teacher, she likes children. AND Having been a teacher, she likes children. What is the difference between these two?
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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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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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Is "Not being a cat none of them could catch the mouse" grammatical?

Not being a cat none of them could catch the mouse. Is the sentence above grammatical? Or is it a double negation? Then how to reformulate it?
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"My wife and I have been living here since we have been married." is the tense correct?

I want to make a sentence meaning that "we have been living here since the day of our marriage" but is the latter part of the sentence correct? "My wife and I have been living here since we have been ...
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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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Why is it vanishing instead of vanished?

The Vanishing Glass . . . . . . Dudley came waddling toward them as fast as he could. “Out of the way, you,” he said, punching Harry in the ribs. Caught by surprise, Harry fell hard on ...
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Wow! Nice! I smelled you baking cake!

Which one is grammatical? "Wow! Nice! I smelled you baking cake!" "Wow! Nice! I smelled your baking cake!" Both of them are acceptable, maybe?
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"Without his telling me" vs. "Without him telling me"?

I was reading a book and encountered this sentence (emphasis added by me): I know it without his telling me. Despite being grammatically correct, it seemed a little strange to me. What came ...
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“We have sold nearly everything he owns to make the down payment!”

I have been reading The Bridge Across Forever. I read a sentence which is a little bit odd in my view, but I think some experts can help me understand it: We have sold nearly everything he owns to ...
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Present participle or relative clause: "writing this thing" in "You did too good of a job writing this thing"

You did too good of a job writing this thing. It is understood that "writing" is not a reduced relative clause which modifies job. The anchored subject of "writing" is clearly "you". Then what is the ...
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How to use a 'gerund' for games?

I read this. I know that 'non cricketing' in various contexts such as non-cricketing nations, non-cricketing players has been used by many editors. I found this: -ing is a gerund, a noun formed ...
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"That the Earth is round" vs "The earth being round"

A friend of mine recently got this question wrong on a test, but the teacher apparently wasn't able to explain why they got it wrong (at least not clearly). The question is: __________ is a known ...
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Should I say "I've never heard someone say it" or "I've never heard someone saying it" or both are acceptable?

I asked a question in which I said "I've never heard someone saying it", and one of our fellow ELL users corrected it to "I've never heard someone say it". Can I say "I've never heard someone saying ...
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Gerund & participle: "She stormed out, 'slamming' the door so hard that the mirror fell off the wall"

She stormed out, slamming the door so hard that the mirror fell off the wall. As fa as I know, in Italian language slamming functions as a gerund there, but, very often—as it could be the case ...
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In this sentence, is the word "dominating" adjective or gerund?

there are three decades of evidence that dominating instruction with a system of controlling external rewards may contribute to inferior learning In this sentence, is the word "dominating" an ...
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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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Shooting death of man - grammar

Source: http://rt.com/usa/160528-salinas-cop-fatal-shooting/ The Tuesday afternoon shooting death of man alleged to have attempted to burglarize a Salinas, CA home and then expose himself to the ...
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Is it OK to have a participle clause with a different subject, like "While chatting, my phone rang suddenly"?

While chatting, my phone rang suddenly. In the sentence, the subject of the participle clause is different from that of the main clause. I'd like to know whether it is grammatical.
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Negative infinitive usage

Which of the following sentences is correct? I was so focused on not making any mistakes. or I was so focused on not to make any mistakes. Thanks, Charmi
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Which tense should be used after "once"?

Which of the following is correct? I will update you once I reached my home. I will update you once I reach my home. I will update you after I reaching my home.
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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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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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"remember visiting" vs. "remember to visit"

Remember is one of the verbs which we always put to + infinitive after it: I always remember to do my homework. But actually not always. This sentence is an exact example of what I mean: Do you ...
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Is this still in use in modern English?

Please read the sentence below, Is it possible in modern English or is it common nowdays? He smiled at her again and, not smiling, she looked curiously at her husband. From: E.Hemingway - The ...
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Are Nouns as Adjective and Present Participle as Adjective in the sentence?

Steve Mnuchin may be the silver bullet to the vampire life-blood cash draining net worth sweep. source:http://seekingalpha.com/article/4027602-ding-dong-net-worth-sweep-dead-yet. Let's divide it ...
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Is there a difference between "I saw him going..." and "I saw him go..."?

I saw him going to city. I saw him go to city. First one refers to gerund. Second one refers to infinite. Do they have the same meanings or different meanings?
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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 ...
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Finishing or Having finished

My friend says that "Finishing her homework, she went for a walk." is wrong. She thinks that this sentence implies that she is trying to finish her homework while taking a walk. If the girl went for ...
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How to parse the future tense of "Driving on the highway, you will see a big sign"?

OP"Participle clause doesn't indicate a specific tense; instead, we should look at the main clause to understand it. Driving on the highway, one must be careful. (present) Driving on the highway, ...
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Gerund or participle?

I contructed the sentence (may contains mistakes): Saying this he hurt her and she ran off. What is saying in the sentence? Is it gerund or participle? I'd also like to clarify if it is correct to ...
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A beginner programmer or a beginning programmer

I've seen both structures being used but I'm not sure if one is correct and the other not. Other examples: a killer virus or a killing virus, a killer machine or a killing machine? Are there ...
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Why can we use *waiting* (present participle) with *grew* (past simple)?

Why can we use waiting (present participle) with grew (past simple)? The children, waiting for the play to begin, grew bored. Sentence is from Participial Phrase Worksheet at Sinclair.edu.
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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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I'm having to work vs. I have to work

How I'm having to work, in the following sentence, is different from I have to work? The course is more demanding than I expected and I'm having to work harder than I ever have before.
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When to use –ing form and -ed form?

I have read a manual. One of its sentences is "These are the basic symbols used generally." I don't really understand the difference between These are the basic symbols used generally. and ...
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using "going by bus" in Present Participle and Gerund form

Compare I will look up train ticket prices but I think that going by bus is cheaper. and A gloomy man is going by bus and thinking his gloomy thoughts to himself. Is the second ...
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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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What's the difference between using "past participle" and "passive present participle" for describing a reason?

What's the difference between the two sentences? Being built atop lxml, Scrapy also supports xxxxx. Built atop lxml, Scrapy also supports xxxxx. Scrapy is a computer software and it's built ...
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Is this continuous right?

a low-hung, two-wheeled, covered vehicle drawn by one horse, for two passengers, with the driver being mounted on an elevated seat behind and the reins running over the roof. The first one should be "...
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Usage of "when" followed by verb+ing

Is it okay to use "when" immediately followed by a verb ending with -ing? For example: When climbing the hill,... When writing a book,...
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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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Can 'make' have 'having fluttered' as its objective complement?

Even though grammar books says ‘make’ don’t have present participle as its objective complement; this sentence “The potion makes the moths having fluttered and all dead” seems to be not ungrammatical. ...
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Can I use 'having' in a noun clause?

Let's say there is a person in a room who has a blue pen in his hand. Can I say something like this: Whom should I ask from? The one having a blue pen Or I only have to answer like this The one who ...
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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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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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Can I write "sustaining of relations" as "relations sustaining"?

Using "of" more than once seems weird to me, so I'm trying to avoid such repetition. For example there is a notion of sustaining of relations which I want to replace with a notion of ...
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interpreting present participle in the sentence

I'm so confused with this example. they saw the monkey climbing over the fence. First I interpreted this like number 1 below and then, that sentence came to me differently later like number 2. 1....

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