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Questions about the present-participle form of verbs.

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you/your doing, anybody/anybody's [duplicate]

Are 'ing' in these sentences Present Participles or Gerunds? I don’t mind you driving it. Can you imagine anybody being so stupid? I don’t remember him playing chess. I don’t want to keep you waiting....
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Is 'being' omitted in certain participle clauses and absolute constructions?

In literature (particularly fiction), there will often be examples of supplementary adjectives and absolute constructions in which a participle isn't present. My question boils down to how we analyse ...
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Present participle in sentences like "workers using"

I was wondering whether these sentences are grammatically correct and whether they mean the same thing. There are no workers who are using these tools right now. There are no workers using these ...
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Participle Phrase vs. That/Which

In recent writing and editing, I noticed that a participle phrase can sometimes be used interchangeably with a that/which phrase, and both options seem equally readable. The following sentences show ...
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Why are present and past participle are different in some rare case; but I find them similar?

This behaviour is characterised by curled lips, a tilted head and squinting eyes – all of which can look like smiling. In this example could the first phrase tilted head bear the same meaning if it ...
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Bare infinitive or present participle? [closed]

Which of the following two sentences is correct? The one that uses the bare infinitive 'hear', or the one that uses the present participle 'hearing'? He heard him snore last night. Or He heard him ...
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Should the verb be singular or plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

One thousand old refrigerators floating in the ocean (isn't/aren't) an issue. Is the subject here "One thousand old refrigerators" or is it the whole phrase "One-thousand old ...
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What is are the distinct names for these verbs: 'Display' and 'Displays' [closed]

Given the statement Click this button to display your presentation and Clicking this button displays your presentation. I assume both the words display and displays are verbs but what is the name of ...
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Participial phrase separating main verbs

Let's say you have the following sentence: I stood there and wondered what to do next. Now, let's say you insert a participial phrase after "there." I stood there looking at her and wondered ...
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Gerund? or Present participle?

I want to ask about the gerund and present participles on those sentences below. Mr. Wilkins would like some assistance setting up the audio equipment in the conference room. Mark offered his full ...
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Was this subject complement diagrammed correctly?

The sentence is the following. I'm focusing on the part in bold: Feeding the goats is messy and time consuming. It's in this book. The author provides the following diagram: And I think it should ...
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Significance of location in a sentence or absence of comma for purpose of determining noun modified by preposition

In consideration of the following sentence, I have a question about which word is modified by the final preposition, "without charge." The sentence: A “thing of value" means any form ...
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Present continuous vs present perfect followed by temporal 'for' / 'since'

In a newspaper I read the following sentence: We are waiting for the past few days with a hope. Is the grammar correct ... can we use the present continuous with temporal for and since? English ...
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Why is the present participle always regular?

Most rules of the English language have some irregularity [citation needed]. Forming the present participle isn't one of them: take the infinitive, and add the suffix -ing (in speech. In writing, it's ...
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Present participle as verb or adjective

(1) I saw him crying just now. (2) With more people volunteering to join us, we are going to help more people in the community. So, both of these sentences make use of present participle (crying in ...
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Mixing Past & Present Tense

Original: "These two peers would later become an advantageous support system for me personally, assisting as I struggled with the structural engineering portion of my internship project at the ...
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Being + P.P construct as progressive form of -ed participle or passive form

Regarding Being + P.P construct: In The Grammar Book it is described as Progressive: but the same construct in Cambridge Grammar of English is described as Passive: Which one is correct?
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Have difficulty/difficulties (in) doing something

What is syntactically the -ing-phrase in both the versions with and without the preposition? For example in He has trouble [in] keeping things in perspective right now. Secondly, does the latter ...
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present participle as a parenthesis

There were times, listening to Arnold and narrowing his eyes in the same heat-struck gaze, when Jack felt turned about. [I.stack.imgur] What is the function of present participle here? And why is the ...
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present participles, pronoun [duplicate]

I have difficulty understanding the following sentence: -Or does it somehow lie behind its properties, supporting them, a solid peg on which they happen to hang. Please help me grasp what the present ...
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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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A Specific Case of Infinitive as Adjective

To see him, you would have supposed he had been doing this for years. Having first thought that to see him was an adverb, I then noticed it wasn’t exactly doing the work of an adverb and might just as ...
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A question concerned to the participles

The traveller, being weary, sat by the woodside to rest. My book says the present participle being weary (passive) is used absolutely in the sentence with the noun The traveller. But it's separated by ...
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Passive and active verbal adjective

guys. Hope you are all in greatest condition. I do know that a verb can serve as an adjective when it is placed before a noun and this verb is either a past participle or a present participle in this ...
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Omitting "by" preposition and the resulted phrase

Consider the following examples: I paid for it by using my credit card. I was in contact with my friends by sending letters. I learned how to dance by watching online videos if I remove the ...
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present participle after a noun

below is the original sentence I would like to say: "I would like to help the team understand what are the factors that have the potential to sway our financials significantly" I am ...
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Gerunds/present participles of two-verb compounds

I use making-believe instead of make-believing if I need to make a gerund/present participle out of "make-believe", but I just saw this line: Brenda rode along, make-believing she was a knight ...
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How to say Lie/Lay [closed]

So, here's another one of the Lay/Lie questions. How do you say "she is lying quietly on the grass, under the stars." in past tense? She lay quietly on the grass, under the stars. She was lying ...
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Present participle as a replacement for "that [verb]"

Are the following statements grammatically correct? If so, are they equivalent in meaning and which is more clear? "[subject] moves to a location that acts as the main [thing]..." "[subject] moves to ...
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Present perfect vs past simple

Should I say : 1- I think I know you , I think we have met before. 2- I think I know you , I think we met before.
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Is it a Participial Phrase?

In this sentence: We saw Paul coming I don't understand if the verb coming is a present participle. Thank you!
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Present participle of want?

Most of the dictionaries online do not list 'wanting' as the present participle of 'want'. It just means 'lacking' in general it seems. However some dictionaries do and I am wondering if the 'wanting' ...
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I saw/looked at the girl singing on the stage

a. I saw the girl singing on the stage. b. I looked at the girl singing on the stage. Does (a) mean "I saw the girl who was singing on the stage" or "I saw a scene where the girl was ...
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Can I use a present participle clause to express a condition?

According to the books I have read, the present participle clauses can be used to talk about: -Things happening at the same time as, or just before, the main action. -Result of the action in the ...
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Adverb as a modifier 2

This post is related to a question I asked earlier, link to which is below Present participle as a modifier Actually I had this doubt after visiting a website, the link to which I have given below. ...
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Present participle as a modifier

Suppose A and B are friends and B has only one brother. During a conversation between A and B: A: you know, yesterday I met your brother at the supermarket buying some stuff for his children. Can ...
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Gerunds vs Participles

'Hearing the sound, they came out of the house'. In this sentence what is the part of speech of 'hearing'. In my opinion it is present participle but my book says it is gerund. Can anyone explain me ...
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having been participled?

Is anything wrong in this sentence? The enemy, beaten at every point, fled from the field. According to my book it should instead be: The enemy, having been beaten at every point, fled from the ...
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Present participle clause with modal verbs

I am studying how to use present participle clauses in sentences. Like: Because Tom felt hungry, he went into the kitchen and opened the fridge. Can be written as: Feeling hungry, Tom went into ...
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Why isn't there "is" in "They did it, thinking it more glamorous than..."?

Could you please help me with the grammar of this sentence? It's from an essay in a book on IELTS by Cambridge University Press. People turn to buying the new brand from overseas nations, perhaps ...
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Verbs different forms in a same sentence [duplicate]

My question is related to the statement mentioned below. In first part after auxiliary verb "is" the main verb is present participle which is "increasing" while in the last part the verb is past ...
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My -ing (possessive form + -ing) vs. me ing (object form + -ing) [duplicate]

(a) We filter out information that the brain deprioritizes without our knowing it. (b)We filter out information that the brain deprioritizes without us knowing it. I came across the sentence (a) ...
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Dangling Participle and Gerund

" Inspiring, informing and celebrating teachers since 1988". Is this sentence right? I'm confuse whether all -ing verbs in this sentence act as a gerund as a noun or a present participial as an ...
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Do "No A or B" and "No A and B" mean the same thing? [duplicate]

Hopefully my question is not the same as this one as I am asking about the English in writing a prohibition. Do "No A or B" and "No A and B" mean the same thing, where A and B are present participle ...
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Which one of my possible translations for this sentence best reflects the time construct of the original sentence? [closed]

I'm translating a book (from Japanese), and character A says the following line to Character B during the conversation shown at the bottom of this page. 平穏な暮らしをしている限りはわからないわ。 The above can be ...
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participles as object complements

Can participles or participial phrases serve as object complements in traditional grammar? And are direct objects viewed as a type of complement in traditional grammar? I'd appreciate reference to ...
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Is it Gerund or adjective?

I don't understand the function of "coming" word in the sentence below. ... as they weigh the scale of monetary easing coming later this month. Is it working as a gerund? and if so, why is it in ...
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In which way "verb+-doing" can be used to mean "something has been done"

I can't remember it clearly. somewhat "-ing" form as present participle can represent an event that is happening (e.g., Being given a chance, she immediately jumped at it)(as adverbial clause of time);...
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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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