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Questions tagged [present-participle]

Questions about the present-participle form of verbs.

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If the action occurred a week ago, is “I am no longer working” still appropriate? [closed]

I am no longer working in this company. I have questions, why the person left the company last week, but he posted this sentence using the present continuous tense?
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What is the best wording for a sentence with two present participles?

The sentence I'm correcting reads: Thank you for considering supporting our gala... What is the best way to re-phrase this? "Thank you for considering to support..."?
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Is “Wanting” a Gerund or Present Participle? [duplicate]

The conversation eventually makes its way around to him wanting to switch and do something new. Is "wanting" in the sentence considered as a gerund or present participle?
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Gerund or Present Participle?

"Which is exactly what you don’t want your programmers learning." Is "learning" gerund or present participle in the above sentence?
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Present Participle versus Gerund

I was taught that the Present Continuous is formed using the Gerund, but that you call it the Present Participle. Even though these two forms look exactly alike in English, in other languages they do ...
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the first trial <stemming/to stem> from… vs. the first person to climb

Here are excerpts from different American news articles: a. Mr. Manafort’s case is separate from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any ties to the Trump campaign,...
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Why is a presen participle (using) used here? [closed]

"Combine the following sentences using the conjunctions given in the brackets" Can I use "by using", "use" instead?
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Is there any logic behind continuing to distinguish 'gerund' from 'present participle' in traditional grammar?

To an earlier question "What's the difference between a gerund and a participle?", there is a consensus among the answers there, and I quote the most upvoted answer: A gerund is a form of a verb ...
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Which is correct and why? [duplicate]

I'd like to know which is the correct option: He went to bed without my telling him to. He went to bed without me telling him to. I was pretty certain it is the first, but I am unclear on why. ...
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“Get involve” or “get involved”? [closed]

I'm little confused. Which one's grammatically correct?/sound correct? "I've no obligation to get involve in the situation" or "I've no obligation to get involved in the situation" PS. I think that ...
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Something had me do or Something had me doing something else?

I’m edit­ing a short story and I’ve stum­bled upon a prob­lem. I fre­quently use struc­tures like: Agony had my in­sides con­vuls­ing. De­feat had me slump­ing into a chair. Fear had my body shak­...
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Whereas + present participle

Is it grammatically correct to use whereas + a present participle? For example: I am disinclined to recognize my weak mathematical skills, whereas willing to admit my lack of English skills. This ...
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Mixing simple present and a present participle in the same phrase?

I'm writing an explanation of my duties in a job that I currently have, and I came up with the bullet: Organize large groups of over 200 people, directing them to activities and allocating seating in ...
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What tense is “I am broken”?

This seems to be some type of present tense, but guides to verb tense only give the following two options: present progressive tense and present perfect tense. Present progressive tense uses a present ...
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Problems of Use of Participle in Academic Writing: “When considering” VS “When considered”

I have questions about the participle phrase in academic writing which are related to the dangling modifiers of 3 cases. Could you explain me more the appropriate use of sentences with the participle ...
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Is “deacceleratingly” a valid word?

Deaccelerate means the same as decelerate, though it seems to be a much less common alternative. I did not know this until recently, as I had used this alternative all my life. It just seemed logical ...
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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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“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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Mixing Present Simple tense with Present Participle

I've recently heard the following sentences: What is this tell us about the deployment of first self driving cars? What do we learning from this? Both violate standard grammatical rules. But since ...
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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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Why is “bales” the 3rd person singular of “bail”?

Today I come across a video where I heard "But each time God bails Abraham out ...", however, looking at the subtitle, it is "bales Abraham...". I thought the subtitle maker made a typo, but upon ...
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Usage of present participle as an adjective

If present participle is used as an adjective in sentences like these I saw him riding a bike The guy shouting at his wife looks familiar. Is it indicated the progress of an action or just describes ...
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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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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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Participial Phrases

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? I repeatedly punched his face until I passed out, my arms sliced a few times by his blade." I know what participial phrases are; I read about them ...
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“I remember watching Dallas,” vs. “I remember us watching Dallas.”

I remember watching Dallas. I remember us watching Dallas. I know that both are common usage. What I don't understand is exactly what role "watching" has in the second sentence. It is clearly a ...
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“I have been thinking” vs “I am thinking” [closed]

What is the difference between these two I have been thinking about you. I am thinking about you.
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objective pronoun in front of V-ing from an SAT perspective [duplicate]

Barron's Grammar Workbook (which claims to be written for those wishing to take "the SAT, ACT, and more") says to use a possessive pronoun before a gerund, and gives the following example: Her asking ...
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Outsourced Partner or Outsourcing partner?

I'm not an English native speaker. My lecturer in my university keeps using "outsourced partner" instead of "outsourcing partner", while I saw everyone in internet is more often using "outsourcing ...
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Use of negative present participle

I'm in trouble to compare the following two sentences in view of flow. The first one uses negative present participle (which is my favorite): all subsystems not belonging to the currently-active ...
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The Guy Next Door Shoveling Snow Or The Guy Shoveling Snow?

I give an example below: I was thankful for "I was thankful for the guy next door shoveling snow from my driveway." My question is that why "shoveling" is placed after 'the next door', it should be ...
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Descriptive words and gerunds or present participles

Gerunds and present participles happen to look exactly the same in English, the first acting as a noun and the second as either an adjective, a verb denoting continuous action, or introducing a ...
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Causative with have/get + object + present participle: when can it be used?

I would like to know when the causative with have/get + object + present participle can be used and when it can't. In this answer I found this example: He had us dancing/dance on the table ~ He got ...
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Correct use of the present participle of verb “to pacifiy”?

I wonder if this expression can be correctly formulated and completed using the present participle pacifying of the verb to pacifiy as an adjective at least, instead of pacifist. He/she is a ...
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Which one is correct: await you going in hell or await you to go in hell?

Please help me to understand this: I will await you making that folder public. I will wait for you coming out of your house. Or, I will await you to make that folder public. I will wait for you to ...
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Why did the present participle become more popular than a regular active verb?

I've been studying Latin by myself as a kid in middle school, and I've gotten fairly advanced with it. However, in Latin and most other languages, the present participle is/was almost never used in ...
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Usage Difference between to-infinitive and participle

I came across this question today. Q: the correct expression for blank. The documents ____ immediate attention are on top. 1. Requiring 2. To require I know the answer is ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct ? Use of present participle [duplicate]

Looking for a way to choose the proper modules for the system, I reviewed all my notes taken in class. I know looking is present participle, but I feel it is improper to be used in this meaning. The ...
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Why is the present participle not considered a principal part?

From Wikipedia on principal parts: In language learning, the principal parts of a verb are those forms that a student must memorize in order to be able to conjugate the verb through all its forms. [...
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Is “running” a gerund or a participial adjective?

An enlightening experiment Google Books yields only 39 results, and instead asks me if I wanted to say “an enlightening experience”, and eagerly shows an impressive 10,000 results when I click on ...
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all he did was “ask” or “asking”?

"asking" - In this case this kind of language element is called gerund, right? In high school my teacher firmly told us two verbs can never be together (25 years later I can still remember her angry ...
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Between past participles and present participles, which appears more frequently?

I am working on a tutorial for ESL test takers and I am curious about this. Between past participles and present participles, which appears more frequently?
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“Ing form of see (Seeing)” [closed]

Seeing the light despite the darkness I got this "headline" from the Guardian newspaper. But as far as I know, it's not possible to use "see+gerund" when see does not mean visit. Then, why did the ...
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Using present participle and past tense of an acronym

In computer networking (my field), there is a term, Network Address Translation, which almost always takes its acronym form “NAT,” and is pronounced like we say gnat (the annoying little insect). NAT ...
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“What I'm doing is watching TV.” — Why does it have to be the gerund-participle ('watching')?

What I do is watch TV. What I did was watch TV. What I had done was watch TV. ... But, What I am doing is watching TV. The only possible form of watch in the last sentence is ...
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Differentiate - *legitimated* vs *legitimized*

Please analyse and differentiate the two sets of participles legitimated / legitimating legitimized / legitimizing What are their overlaps, and what are exclusive to each.
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It feels interesting?

"It feels interesting", Does it make sense? I am accustomed to using "feel + Adjective" and "feel like + Noun" forms. but I wonder if it could be right to use "feel + Present-participle(as an ...
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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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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 ...