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 the difference between the two in the sentence as follows:
Nobody was surprised at John being absent.
One should choose between Present Participle and Gerund options referring to the word "being".
I chose PP because the word "being" here plays a role of an ajdective apart from being a verb.
I thought that if it said "John's being", then the word would be a participle because it would be a noun in a form of a verb.
I know, this question is a duplication and I agree that it should be closed but I just would like to find out whether it's me who made a mistake or it's the site that did it.
Question: Is the word "being" from the title above a Present Participle or a Gerund?
Thanks in advance!