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    Default (Ing) verb or noun or adj?

    -"Bless him!" interposed Mrs. Mann, inflaming her left eye with the corner of her apron
    -The man eating his food is the longest here.

    What is the deference between these two (ing)?..
    I mean the structure (Verb or adjective....

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    Default Re: (Ing) verb or noun or adj?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    -"Bless him!" interposed Mrs. Mann, inflaming her left eye with the corner of her apron
    -The man eating his food is the longest here.

    What is the deference between these two (ing)?..
    I mean the structure (Verb or adjective....
    Both are participles, and therefore, by definition, nonfinite verb forms, so there is no significant difference in terms either of form-class or of form sub-class. The first participle, however, is used disjunctively, i.e. it introduces a phrase serving an essentially adverbial function, while the second is adjunctive, i.e. it serves a purely adjectival function, identifying the man to whom the speaker is referring.

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    Default Re: (Ing) verb or noun or adj?

    O.K thank you..
    but can I say : who is inflaming
    who is eating

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