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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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Correct use of present participles

Does this sentence make sense? For example, bags at an airport are x-rayed to see if any dangerous are inside without having to be opened and looked in each one.
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"Trying to be happy."

So if this stands by itself is "Trying" a gerund or a participle. So in my opinion there are two ways to go about this. It could definitely be a gerund (Trying to be happy is always good) but I want ...
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Being taken and being beaten

In the previous question I was told that these sentences are clumsy and their meanings are confusing: Being taken to the hospital, he survived. Being beaten by the snow, he died. Can I convert ...
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Using present participle correctly

I know how to change the following sentence into another by using present participle: Correct: The man who was driving the car wasn't injured. Correct: The man driving the car wasn't ...
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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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Does our arrangement of a sentence that has a participle clause in it, affect its meaning?

Q. So, what're you doing tomorrow? A. I'll stay in watching the soccer match. Now, if we rearranged the answerer's answer to I'll watch the soccer match staying in, would it mean the same as his ...
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Usage of -ing forms

English-speaking people use -ing forms like: Running every morning is good for your health. We're going to the movie tonight. He is seeing visions now. Turning off the light, he went to bed. I ...
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participle to qualify noun and pronoun

I've heard that participle is used to qualify a noun or pronoun. Here are two sentences: Hearing the noise, the boy woke up. Taking the pen,the boy ran. source: http://www.englishgrammar.org/...
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Being+past participle as a gerund

I've read that 'being+past participle' is used in participle.But I'm confused to have found the following sentences written in one of my grammar book(This book isn't available in internet) as gerunds....
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'I feel like bread baked in an oven.' is this sentence correct?

I am in a very hot room, or I was in a very hot room, so I got scalded. In this case: a. I feel like bread baking in an oven. b. I feel like bread baked in an oven. Are both of these sentence ...
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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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"I am filtering X" and "I have a X filter". Am I keeping X or discarding X?

I was writing some Java 8 Streams code. I have a list of files, but I want to keep all large files over 100 MiB. // Filtering large files details = details.stream() .filter(fileDetails -> ...
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Would this present participle phrase always imply causation? "X is an antibody, having specificity against.."

DRUG is a recombinant trispecific antibody, having specificity against TARGET1, TARGET2 and TARGET3, as well as several orthologic targets. I was reviewing a translation and changed this sentence to ...
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I'm doing teaching

I am doing teaching A teacher told me that it's totally incorrect. I thought that we may use "double participle" together. But I think "teaching" is a noun over here. As I am doing work. "Work" ...
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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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Gerund vs. a+verb

When you describe the action, which ones are used, and what does the other pair's usage and meaning (a + verb), if they are unfit? This is a walk. This is walking. This is a buy. ...
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This/he is studying [closed]

This is studying. He is studying. With #1, is this thing studying, or it is an explanation or definition about studying?
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perfect participle

Can anyone explain the perfect particle in detail? what do these following sentence mean and rule to apply the perfect participile 1) he admitted having made a mistake. 2) having said that.
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How to use the present participle.

Going by Raymond Murphy's English Grammar in Use, we can use the -ing clause when two things happen at the same time. And it's also stated there, we use -ing when one action happens during another ...
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Using the -ing participle right

He reached his destination, walking 3 miles (while) listening to music. Walking 3 miles (while) listening to music, he reached his destination. Having walked 3 miles (while) listening to ...
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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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How to parse "have something/someone + -ing"

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Obama talked about his daughters growing up in the White House (source): They've handled it so well, they are just wonderful girls, they are smart and funny, but ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between "We tried to get him to come to church" and "We tried to get him coming to church"?

I heard that 'sb1 gets sb2 to do sth' means the doer (sb1) causes the recipient (sb2) to do something one time while 'sb1 gets sb2 to do sth' means the doer causes the recipient to do something ...
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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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How Should we use comma with present participles acting as adverbial clauses?

Compare: This portrait was drawn using watercolors. (PP at the end, Passive Voice) Using watercolors, the artist drew this portrait. (PP at the front, Active Voice) The artist drew this ...
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present participles in passive sentences

Here, the venerable author listed a gamut of present participle usages. In this context, he or she introduced some types of verbs which can be followed by present participles: The present participle ...
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Confusion regarding a participle phrase (probably)

So, I was scrolling through my facebook news feed when I came across a status someone had put up that read "I get road rage walking behind people." . Now, the "walking behind people" part modifies ...
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"The man standing ..." a gerund or an adjective?

Please tell me if "standing" is a gerund or an adjective- The man standing over there is a friend of mine.
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Shouting/ shouted with happiness, William celebrated his chance to interview

As I was studying on participles I came across the following sentence. Shouting with happiness, William celebrated his chance to interview at SunTrust. I know the participle phrase in the sentence ...
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"I can see this being useful." Why not “be”?

I assume this is a correct sentence. I don't think "*I can see this be useful" works, though. Why is that? I thought verbs of perception worked with both the infinitive and the continuous (-ing form): ...
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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 do I make an "___ing" word modify the noun I mean it to modify?

I want to use "listening" such that it modifies "the vogue", not "the people." Which sentence achieves that? Or neither? Sentence I The vogue of people listening to music on tapes is not ...
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I woke up panicked/panicking, because I'd had a nightmare

Which of the two participial adjectives works here? I woke up panicked, because I'd had a nightmare. I woke up panicking, because I'd had a nightmare. If you have a nightmare, you start 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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Joy (as noun)+ gerund

joy noun (SUCCESS) › [U] UK informal ​success, ​action, or ​help: [+ -ing verb] Did you have any joy ​finding that ​book you ​wanted? We ​tried ​asking ​local ​libraries for ​information, but ...
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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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Question about "staying alive"

Do you know the famous song named "staying alive" by Bee Gees? I want to know how to translate the sentence. I think there are two ways of translating this title of the song. First, while you are ...
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Learning the usage of present participle

I'd appreciate it if anybody helped me to learn the following topic. In this case, will speaks to actually getting some writing done, whereas would implies thinking about it without actually starting....
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What is the difference between "is + xxx-ed" and "will be xxx-ed"?

I am confused about "is xxx-ed" usage, Sample: the system design is translated into programming codes or the system design will be translated into programming codes Which one is correct? ...
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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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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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Understanding the present participle - "I am happy to see you" versus "I am happy, seeing you" [duplicate]

I am happy to see you. It is grammaticaly correct sentence, ok. I want to make little alterations to the sentence as below. I am happy, seeing you. Note that I intend to use "seeing you" as a ...
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Place of present participle in a sentence

The officer stuck a label on my bag ,reading my name. The officer stuck a label reading my name on my bag. Preliminary knowledge : I have a label on which I wrote my name. My first question is that ...
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functions that are great for timing code to run after a delay -- is "timing" an adjective or gerund?

Source: JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan Example: In this chapter, you learned how to write JavaScript that runs only when you want it to. The setTimeout ...
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What is breaking on the shore? The sea foam or the waves?

What is breaking on the shore? The sea foam or the waves? We watched the sea foam made by the waves breaking on the shore.
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How to parse "Prince Andrew shook his head, laughing as a man laughs?" [duplicate]

"Prince Andrew shook his head, laughing as a man laughs." I guess it might be a participle clause about two actions happen at the same time in the past. So it could be "Prince Andrew shook his head ...
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Moving present participle within sentence

The latest major stampede occurred in 2006 killing at least 346 and injuring 289 people. This sentence is a citation from news.I tried to alter the sentence as below. The latest major stampede ...
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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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Is such participle clause reducing usage constrained to only past tense?

As I saw on a grammar website, "She went into the home and left her shoes" equals "She went into the home, leaving her shoes". Can this usage also be used with other tenses? Like future tense, ...
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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 ...