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    Present participle or gerund?

    Hi all,
    I'm doing a grammar test at the moment in which I've been asked to identify the part of speech of the word 'supporting' in this sentence:

    "A quick examination of the facts will reveal much evidence supporting the contention that the theory of evolution is essentially correct."

    I maintain it is the present participle. It is clearly active and it relates adjectivally to the noun 'evidence'. However the test says it is a gerund and I'm being marked down as a result.

    Clarity (especially if it supports my case!) would be very welcome please.

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    Bruce

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    Re: Present participle or gerund?

    You're right. Gerunds work like nouns. It's impossible to understand "supporting" as a noun in this sentence.

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    Re: Present participle or gerund?

    I agree with BC.

    What is the source of this grammar test, Bruce?

    Rover

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    Re: Present participle or gerund?

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    I agree with BC.

    What is the source of this grammar test, Bruce?

    Rover
    I agree with Rover and BC, it's a present participle.

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    Re: Present participle or gerund?

    Thanks for all your support. I'd rather not quote the source of the test specifically, but I will say that it forms part of the preparation materials I've been given by a language school in advance of starting a CELTA course. Quite a well-known, high profile language school.

    I will be mentioning it to them, however.

    It doesn't exactly fill a person with confidence, does it?

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