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Questions about the present-participle form of verbs.

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Can present participles act like verbs of present tense? [closed]

herbivorous /həːˈbɪv(ə)rəs/ Learn to pronounce adjective (of an animal) feeding on plants. "many of the animals intentionally introduced to new habitats have been herbivorous mammals Can present ...
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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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job (of) preparing/working [closed]

We didn't do as good a job preparing the garden for planting as we should have. She enjoys her job working with local communities. Q1) Do sentences (1) and (2) mean the following, with the optional ...
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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

For the first sentence in the picture below: There were times, listening to Arnold and narrowing his eyes in the same heat-struck gaze, when Jack felt turned about. Away from the Bay and its red ...
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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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troubling or troubled?

Her troubled/troubling marriage, divorce, and life as a single mother made it even harder for her to write. Is only troubled available here? I think both could be possible. With troubling it could ...
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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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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 ...
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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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