Questions about the present-participle form of verbs.

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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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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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Analysing clause elements and their function

I have a problem analysing this sentence from the point of finite/nonfinite clauses, clause elements and their functions: He does not want to destroy his parents' dream of him achieving a ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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“Wanting” or “want”?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of people use "wanting" in sentences, or in books, but I don't get it because my English teachers have always said to me that with verbs like "love", "like", "want" ...
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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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Is 'quiescing' a valid word? What does it mean?

What does quiescing mean in the following context? Quiescing a Database http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/server.102/b14231/start.htm
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Present participle vs. past participle

How to distinguish the difference between the two of them? For example, in the following sentence: Local times, originating from X and perpetuated by Y, have been abolished. Why can I not use "...
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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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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 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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Help identifying an error type “tried to help me learning”

I have a friend from Russia who is trying to learn English and recently used the sentence "He tried to help me learning..." (implied: the English language) It is obviously wrong and I corrected it ...
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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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When is it acceptable to start a sentence with an “-ing” word?

Here's my example. It is a sentence that begins in the middle of a paragraph and I'm using it as a transition. "Living in Costa Rica also gave me the opportunity to interact with the local ...
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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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“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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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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Participle of “center/centre” in UK English — “centring”? Seriously? [closed]

As an American, I was never shocked to see the word "center" spelled as "centre." It didn't bother me at all. Honestly. But then I saw the participle of it spelled as "centring" as opposed to "...
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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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“The use of” vs. “using”

I am unsure if I can use this two forms interchangeably (simplified sentences): We did that, hence using the object is the only way. We did that, hence the use of the object is the only way. ...
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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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progressive forms: participle or gerund?

Progressive forms of verbs consist of the form to be + participle. At least that is what most English grammars say or they are imprecise and speak of the -ing form. My question is what follows after ...
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Is “hanging bats” a participial phrase, gerund phrase, or simple noun phrase?

In the sentence "Hanging bats populate most of the caves in North America," what is the role of "hanging bats"? I believe it is a simple noun phrase containing the participle "hanging" (which ...
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Is it grammatical to say “I saw her dropping the ticket” as opposed to “I saw her drop the ticket”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between using the past tense and the present participle, since both sentences indicate the speaker witnessed the action of the ticket being dropped?
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Participles? Present participles? Are they nouns too? [duplicate]

A participle is just a infinitive verb + ing right? A participle is also used as an adjective a lot of the time right? For ex: "She looks at the rising sun". The present participle here is an ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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 do non-native English speakers get the present participle wrong?

I see people saying things like this: With a new infusion of cash it allows to make the film. ...instead of... With a new infusion of cash it allows making the film. I can't find a ...
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Why are present participle and infinitive equally acceptable for some verbs, but not others?

This question about "started teaching/to teach" made me realise that even though the present participle and infinitive are both acceptable after "started", that's not the case with other superficially ...
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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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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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Can we use to-infinitive after 'have trouble'?

Given the example: I have trouble speaking English. Can we use both present participle (speaking) and to-infinitive (to speak) after have trouble? If both are allowed, do the two have the same ...
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when encountering vs when you encounter

In the discussion of Question (2), remind students not to be too worried when encountering sexual health problems. Should I change it to In the discussion of Question (2), remind students not to ...