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In your examples these are just the present continuous. This developed from using participles with forms of the verb "be". Nearly all cases of "be+ ...ing" will be present continuous tense. The example below is artificial and forced. In fact the classes of "gerund" and "participle" are now so mixed in English that ...


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... Australia's Northern Territory became [the first legal authority in the world to allow doctors to take the lives of incurably ill patients who wish to die]. It's an infinitival relative clause functioning as a modifier in the bracketed noun phrase. Infinitival relative clauses typically have a modal meaning comparable to that expressed in finites by &...


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