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    Is there any gerund in the "sentence While preparing for the speech, Joe couldn't hep but worry about his entrance"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdeh View Post
    Is there any gerund in the "sentence While preparing for the speech, Joe couldn't hep but worry about his entrance"?
    No, there isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdeh View Post
    Is there any gerund in the "sentence While preparing for the speech, Joe couldn't hep but worry about his entrance"?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning.

    (1) I think that many books feel that "While preparing" = "While HE WAS preparing....."

    (2) Thus, I think most people would classify that -ing word as a present participle.

    Thank you.

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    Thus, I think most people would classify that -ing word as a present participle.
    Do you mean the verb in the past continuous tense?

    I do not see any gerund, only verbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Do you mean the verb in the past continuous tense?

    I do not see any gerund, only verbs.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Thank you for your note.

    (1) Perhaps we don't use the same books.

    (2) My book tells me that the term "present participle" applies to both the present progressive (He is preparing) and the past progressive (He was preparing).

    (3) All the persons who have answered this question agree that there is no so-called "gerund" in that sentence.

    Have a nice day!

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