Questions about the present-participle form of verbs.

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The boy is coming singing

Consider the following two sentences: [1] The boy is coming. [2] The boy is singing. (at the same time) How can I join the two sentences using a participle? Can I use any of the ...
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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”? [migrated]

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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Postmodification using participle: Is it grammatical?

I am a Japanese teacher of English who is making a teaching material for my students. I would like to know whether the following usage would be totally accepted in school grammar. To put my question ...
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Infinitive verses present participle

I often come across this type of thing and wondered if anyone could tell me the correct usage. I have a sentence that reads "As you go through various settings, you will have the option to allow ...
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Place of verb + ing

The following sentence is subtitle in movie : They were the quintessential American couple, the future unfurling before them like some endless magic carpet. Here I think that this sentence is ...
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]” [duplicate]

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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What is the rule for two verb tenses in one sentence? [closed]

Example: I heard the bomb go off. Why is the first verb in the Past tense and the second in the Present tense?
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“I understand him going back there” [duplicate]

I heard a sportscaster say this. Since gerunds are preceded by possessive pronouns, this would have to be a present participle. (him, who is going back). I do think, however, that the gerund (his ...
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Is the word “beginning” here a gerund or a present participle? [duplicate]

Is the word "beginning" here a gerund or a present participle, and why? On June 22, 1941, the armies of Nazi Germany crossed the Soviet border, beginning a war that would claim the lives of millions ...
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What is the difference between a Whiz deletion and using the present participle as an adjective?

The sleeping babies are adorable. and The babies sleeping are adorable. To me, the two sentences are identical in meaning. However, this doesn't seem to be the case in the following ...
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Grammatical function of 'shuffling' in 'He came shuffling out'

Here are examples of usage: Almost immediately Mr Bartletop came shuffling out. (source) I started violently when she came shuffling out. (source) She stood in the court as the Germans came ...
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Is “programming” not a noun?

Recently, I was told that the word "programming" in the phrase "programming thoughts" is a verb in the gerund-participle form and that the term "gerund" by itself is obsolete in modern grammar. I was ...
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Is “People exercising everyday are healthy” wrong?

Can a present participle be used like present progressive adjectives to talk about general nouns? Is this sentence right? People exercising everyday are healthy. or do I need to use who+...
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Can I actually say “he is being sick”? Does it sound natural?

Here is my question: Can I say "he is being sick"? I was looking for how to use been and being. What I have found: The word being is the present participle form of the verb be. It is not used ...
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Present participle with adverbial meaning in a past continuous sentence

I was leaning against a tree on the hill , sitting. My query is whether or not we should treat "sitting" as present participle with adverbial meaning, or as past-continuous tense. To clarify , I ...
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Not sure if this is correct or not: “the ability to be able to”

The sentence: Problems are an inevitable part of life, and one could argue that happiness is not the absence of problems, but rather the ability to be able to deal with them. Is it to be ...
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Use of 'being' at the end of the sentence

Is it right if I write the sentence as follows: I started my graduate research on Sensing, dynamic spectrum access and sharing being the main focus. Or should I write it like this: I ...
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Nobody was surprised at John being absent (present participle or gerund?)

Some time ago I learned the difference between Present Participle and Gerund and today I decided to pass any online test to make sure I get it. So, I passed it having made the only mistake which is ...
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Difference between gerund and present participle [duplicate]

What is the difference between a gerund and present participle? When should we use a gerund and when should we use a present participle ?
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Joy(as noun) followed by verb+ing

Did you have any joy ​finding that ​book you ​wanted? We ​tried ​asking ​local ​libraries for ​information, but got no joy from any of them. I noticed that the dictionary says that the word in ...
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Making something “something else”

Please take a look at this: The sunlight reflected on every wave crest, making the ocean a sea of sparkling stars. I'm trying to understand both of the bold parts, the followings are my ...
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Grammatical structure of the given sentence

I was reading Harry Potter I. I stumbled over a sentence, written there, whose overall meaning was clear to me but grammatical structure was not clear at all. Here is the sentence: "Mr. Dursley ...
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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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Which clauses with phrases

Can which clause modify participle phrases? Which clause is usually used for summarizing or explaining the clause before it. 1 His wife was stunning, which was always his pride. 2 I left ...
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Want + Present Participle or Infinitive? [duplicate]

I want people to enjoy the show. or I want people enjoying the show. Is it possible to use both?
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Present participle - seeing [closed]

I red somewhere that "see" doesn't form present participle. Is it true? For exemple in sentence: I'm seeing my doctor today. We use -ing form. Can we call it present participle in sentence or ...
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Why can't “being” come after the verb “feel”?

The question is completely edited. *I felt being dragged by a beast. The word being cannot be used here, and that's for sure. It sounds wrong. What I am trying to find here is why it is wrong. ...
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“Complicated” or “complicating”

Can anyone tell me why sentence (A) is wrong, and (B) is correct? (A) "The topic of landmines is very heavy and complicating." (B) "The topic of landmines is very heavy and complicated." To ...
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Is it correct to use 'being' after a noun? [duplicate]

I found the following sentence in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th Edition): You can’t expect them to sit still for that long, children being what they are. For me it sounds weirdly ...
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In “Lucifer Rising” - grammatical explanation for use of -ing form instead of “Rises”?

How does that work grammatically? I guess it's primarily used for titles (movies, songs etc.) but why?
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“Before/ while/ after ordering a taxi…” are these identical constructions?

"Before ordering a taxi...", and "After ordering a taxi..."; the noun-verb follows a preposition and is a gerund. "Waiting for a taxi, patience is needed." Or "Waiting for a taxi, I dropped my wallet,...
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Bare infinitive after “can see”/ “can hear” [duplicate]

After can see/hear, can the bare infinitive be used? e.g., I could see John get on the bus. We can say "I could see John getting on the bus," but is it possible to say "I could see John ...
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“Changes taking place” vs. “changes that take place”

I proofread quite often and most of the time recognize lots of mistakes, but from time to time I see this usage of the present participle and it always makes me wonder what rules should I apply to see ...
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is it gerund or participle?

Seeing the tiger, the man ran away. I'd like to know whether 'seeing' is gerund or participle? may be explained.
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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Use of Present Participle

I am trying to understand how to interpret the meaning of the following sentence, John arrived late to the airport, causing him to miss his flight I know that the present participle modifies the ...
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Participle phrases

When I was studying participle phrases, I came across a sentence on a grammar teaching website, which I find trustful.The sentence is : Opening the envelope, I found two concert tickets. And ...
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Participles in sentences [duplicate]

I have a question. With regard to present participles such as sleeping, singing or fishing. When used in the following sentences are they functioning as nouns or verbs. I am swimming In my mind, ...
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Subject of gerund phrase [duplicate]

Me getting a hangover is nothing like her getting a hangover. - I'd rather contemplate you singing than him singing. Is this grammatically correct?
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“Represent” or “Representing” [closed]

Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively represent your interests. OR Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively representing your interests.
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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He spent $300 Ving

I made up the following sentence: He spent $300 talking to a counsellor. But a native speaker said "One doesn't spend $300 in talking to a counsellor. The fees for the session(s) may be $300, ...
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Can I say “Hiking the Lighthouse/Mountain/Jones Path”?

If there is a path called the Lighthouse Path (somewhere at the coast) or Mountain Path or Jones Path (named after somebody who identified it) and I want to hike it, is it correct to say "Hiking the ...
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Present Participle or Past Continuous?

A decade ago, nearly a million and a half elephants were living in Africa. Does the word'living' act as a present participle or verb of past continous Please explain it to me.
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Compelled and compeled - American English

As for the British English it's always taught - compel, compelled, compelling Some of the books/dictionaries say that in American English you say compel, compeled, compeling instead, you simply don't ...
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Is it correct to say “X is a Y, doing Z”?

Not sure how to best put this in words, but I'll give an example below. This is from a boilerplate text of a company: ABC is a manufacturing company, partnering with DEF to... I would be ...
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where is the verb? [closed]

Where is the verb in this sentence "We are going out to play". Is it "are"? If so what part of speech is "going"? Thanks Michelle
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A question regarding a parallel

I came across a very neat parallel, but I wonder if I can use the structure today without setting off alarm in an editor's head. A stretch of a series is any piece taken out of it, and not having ...
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“It takes” + infinitive vs. present participle

Is it grammatically correct to say "It took me five hours travelling to the US"? Most people would say "It took me five hours to travel to the US." I wonder if the infinitive is always the only ...
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“This video shows a heart transplant take place” or “taking place”?

Which is the correct version of this sentence: This video shows a heart transplant take place. This video shows a heart transplant taking place. I have a hunch that both are correct, ...