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    #1

    receded/receding

    "My father's hair, streaked with gray and receding on both sides, is combed straight back to his collar."

    Can I use "receded" instead of "receding" in the above sentence?

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    #2

    Re: receded/receding

    If it has receded he has no hair at all. The original sentence is fine - his hair is in the process of receeding.

    Rover

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