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I can't figure out the -ing form in the passage?

There is this passage: All varieties of criminal behavior, including the violence, theft, and drug offences, may be part of a generalized Problem Behaviour Syndrome (PBS), indicating that all forms ...
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Albeit + -ing clause

Is it possible to use an -ing clause after "albeit"? Example: We should praise the market's efficiency, albeit recognising the need for regulation.
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Why do people pronounce “f***ing” like “f***en”? [duplicate]

I'm not a native English speaker so I might not be exactly accurate with this, but whenever people (e.g. in films) say fucking, it sounds something like fucken. There's no "g" at the end and instead ...
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When to delete Verb to be

Sometimes I read people write without verb to be for example... Can we say my boy eating/ wearing without verb to be? If we say “he” we have to put “is” So what is the difference?
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past participle + ing Vs present perfect + ing

What is the difference between past participle + ing and present perfect + ing? For an example: If you started playing the game, you should have noticed the issue. Vs If you have started playing the ...
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Gerund or Participle?

While waiting for service, patrons can enjoy coffee and snacks and mingle with their neighbors in need. Is "waiting" in this sentence a gerund or participle? This sentence and question actually ...
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What is wrong with this sentence: “This is an obstacle to start in Turkey”

"This is an obstacle to start in Turkey." This sentence is about making a business in Turkey and problems you can have. My friend said this sentence is more natural as "This is an ...
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Parts of Speech and Grammar Point for -ing

Can someone help me to explain the two following structures — identifying parts of speech, and in particular why we’re using the -ing form of have in the first? How about having lunch? Why don't we ...
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Is “hanging bats” a participial phrase, gerund phrase, or simple noun phrase? [duplicate]

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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When can the -ing form of a verb be placed before a noun?

My native-speaker's grammatical intuition tells me that: There is a sleeping man under the tree. is fine but There is a fishing man by the river bank. is wrong. Why? Both There is a man sleeping ...
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Is “calling” a gerund in “calling bell”? [closed]

In the phrase "calling bell", the word "calling" acts as what? Is it a gerund? Or is it an adjective? If so then what kind of adjective? Similar phrases might be "revolving ...
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Can “when verb+ing” refer to an activity in the past?

A correct sentence would be: When they were designing the product, they paid attention to... Is this grammatically correct: When designing the product, attention was paid...
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I don't understand why the ING form is used in these examples

This is my last night working here. There is a problem sending this email. I doubt the chances of success facing him. Can anybody tell me that Why 'ING' form is used in "working, sending, facing ", ...
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“Cannot help” is used with a present participle to roughly the same effect as a verb form in -ing

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, Cannot help is used with a present participle to roughly the same effect as a verb form ending in -ing in a sentence such as We cannot help admiring his ...
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When providing more information about an event in the past, are we allowed to use present continuous?

While describing an event in the past, is it possible to use present continuous or present perfect continuous while still being grammatically correct? In order to explain my question a bit better, I ...
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participate or be participating [duplicate]

Which of the following is more idiomatic? List out the groups you participate in. List out the groups you're participating in.
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Usage of the word suicide - validity of 'suiciding'

Is 'suiciding' a valid word by itself? I have very rarely come across suicide being used in this form. Mostly, you see it being used with the prefix 'commit' as in 'committing suicide' rather than '...
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“He was sitting on the bench” or “He sat on the bench” [closed]

He was sitting on the bench. He sat on the bench. What is the difference in the meaning between those two? All I could find on Google was that the first alternative most of the time is preferable ...
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Function of the ing-forms in this sentence?

I'm having a hard time figuring out what the exact function of "fascinating" and "working" is in the following sentence: "This song deals with the most important concerns fascinating people working ...
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Use of an adjective instead of adverb with gerund?

I keep hearing on the BBC channel their self-commercial that goes like "We are the leaders in global breaking news". Folks, could anybody kindly explain to me how come that structure is grammatically ...
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Why isn't “I'm glad to hearing from you” correct?

I have read in this forum that it isn't correct: Can I say "I am glad hearing from you" or it is wrong? but in this case "to" is a preposition followed by a verb and the -ing form for the ...
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the linking word as

.."it is never the same as seeing it on the big screen" In this sentence, the word "as" is followed by a ing form? Is it possible to say: "..it is never the same as to see it on the big screen"
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'contribute to achieve' or 'contribute to achieving'? [duplicate]

I have the following sentence and I need your help: "Renewable energy sources can contribute to achieving the climate goals" Is this correct or do I have to write: "Renewable energy sources can ...
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Verb after ing form as a gerund

I am confused about this sentence. "Having updated and accurate maps of land use aid regional planners to plan for the future." The verb "to aid" in this sentence has to take an "s"? "Having ...
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Usage of spend with preposition 'on' or without preposition 'on' in clauses [duplicate]

Sometimes we use spend like "spend something on doing something" but sometimes we are using without on like "I spend a lot of time working on this project". Is there any difference between these ...
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Is “fighting” used as a gerund in this sentence?

Is "fighting" used as a gerund in this sentence? A soldier’s death is a grim reminder that more Americans have died fighting the Taliban and other insurgent groups in 2019 than in any other year ...
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The usage of '-ing' and '-in' in writing

Can someone explain to me why sometimes V-ing like going is abbreviated into goin' or because into 'cause. I don't understand when or how to use it in writing, especially in a novel (in dialogue). ...
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In “experience teaching”, is “experience” a noun adjunct?

In an MIT textbook from 2007 the author, Robert G. Gallager, writes in the preface: My original purpose was to write an undergraduate text on digital communication, but experience teaching this ...
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Apart from + infinitive

A piece of news from the BBC reads as follows [emphasis in the original]: The UN has said very little on the matter, apart from to insist it is immune from legal proceedings. Now, I knew that ...
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Confusion in “-ing” form verbs use [closed]

I am a reading Jane Eyre book published by Oxford Bookworms. I have found this sentence: [...], while I lay awake all night, trembling with fear, and eyes wide open in horror, imagining ghosts ...
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How to parse this NP containing the structure “help somebody to do something”?

I'm trying to analyze this long noun phrase (NP) syntactically: The assertion that an understanding of human nature in the light of evolutionary theory can help us to identify the means by ...
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Questions about using “to+ ing”

I heard this sentence in a film: We are one step closer to ending this. I do not know why we have to use "ending" instead of "end". Is "Step to" a phrasal verb?
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What part of speech is “baking” in “baking is fun”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "baking is fun," what part of speech is "baking"?
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Hear Me Roar Vs Hear Me Roaring? [duplicate]

In Katy Per­ry’s song “Roar”, she says this at the end of the cho­rus: You’re gonna hear me roar Why did she use the bare in­fini­tive form of the verb roar here in­stead of that ver­b’s ‑ing form?...
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“I saw him crossing” vs. “I saw him cross” [duplicate]

I saw him crossing the road. I saw him cross the road. Which one is correct and why?
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Use of infinite/-ing: to have someone do something or to have someone doing something

I have a question regarding the use of infinite/-ing (or past participle?) in the following sentence. Which one is correct between "Firms often have some of their executives sitting on the board of ...
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Is there any difference between “ i was woken up by a ringing bell” and “ i was woken up by a bell ringing”?

I tried looking in the internet but could not find any appropriate answers.
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Ing form as infinitive at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use the ing form as infinitive at the beginning of a sentence? E.g. learning extracurricular Software to improve personal training. This is a sentence I put in brackets in my ...
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for words ending in “ing”, what parts are stressed?

For words ending in the -ing suffix, is the suffix stressed? Unstressed? Does adding the -ing suffix affect the stress of the other syllables? Example: (u is untressed, ' is stressed) Deteriorate is (...
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dogfight vs. dog fighting

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a dogfight means: 1 : a fight between dogs broadly : a fiercely disputed contest 2 : a fight between two or more fighter planes usually at close quarters ...
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Is “swimming” a gerund in “I went swimming”?

What is the function of swimming in the following sentence? I went swimming with some friends yesterday. Is swimming a gerund here? If it is, what is the grammatical function?
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Can the mentioned verb be in a bare infinitive form?

However, rather than undermine its epistemic value, the intentional character of testimony is arguably essential to this value. Shouldn't it be "undermining" or "undermine"? As it is after "than", ...
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Past or present tense in the clause of an -ing structure?

I have a question that, as the title suggests, relates to tense agreement between an -ing phrase and its subordinate clause. I have seen other similar questions, such as present/past tense in a ...
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Pronunciation of boggling and similar *ing words

Are there multiple valid pronunciations for ing or present participle form of boggle -- [bog-uh l] | /ˈbɒg əl/? I.e. are both of the following valid for boggling (not thinking of bogglin or other ...
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“Doing such stunts ARE punishable” or “Doing such stunts IS punishable”? [duplicate]

Doing such stunts are punishable. Doing such stunts is punishable. Should it be is or are? There is a conflict. Stunts are punishable sounds right. However, I think whether is or are should ...
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“Sending off a balloon”: verb or noun?

Agnes suggested sending off a balloon with a message to Jenny. The phrase sending off puzzles me. I know it’s a verb phrase, but I don’t understand why it ends on -ing. Is it a noun or a verb? I've ...
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What's the role of “Opening” in the given excerpt

This is a sentence from a very famous book on learning English called "Headway". "But after making hundreds of millions of dollars opening duty-free shops at airports in the 1960s,Feeney's later ...
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How to distinguish the gerund with the object and the -ing form in the meaning of the adjective

I read this in Wikipedia: "The program becomes modal, switching between interpreting commands from the keyboard or passing keystrokes on as data to be processed." The word interpreting makes me ...
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Gerund vs Present participle: “We’re depending on him finishing the job by Friday.”

I'm not a native English speaker, and although I know the general rules to identify whether it is a gerund or participle, sometimes I'm still confused about how to distinguish the gerund and present ...
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Is “We are grateful to X for her proofreading this paper” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? 1.) We are grateful to X for her proofreading this paper. Or alternatively: 2.) We are grateful to Y for him proofreading this paper. I think that ...