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    Default Present participle

    hi,

    What do you understand by present participle?

    Thank you in advance.


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    The present participle is the base form of a verb (e.g. offer) + ing ending = offering

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    Default Re: Present participle

    Would you like to say that trying, reading, listening, fishing, catching, watching, embelishing, running, painting..... etc are present participle?

    eg Fishing in a boat can be dangerous.
    I am fishing in a boat.
    I have been fishing for 2 hours.

    In these three sentences are the words fishing in present participle?


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    Yes "fishing" is the present participle of the verb "to fish". Furthermore, the present participle has various uses. In your first example, "fishing" functions as the subject. However, in the last two examples "fishing" is used to form the
    continuous (present and present perfect, respectively) tenses.

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    Default Re: Present participle

    thanks a lot elf.

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    Default Re: Present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    Would you like to say that trying, reading, listening, fishing, catching, watching, embelishing, running, painting..... etc are present participle?

    eg Fishing in a boat can be dangerous.
    I am fishing in a boat.
    I have been fishing for 2 hours.

    In these three sentences are the words fishing in present participle?


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    In your first sentence, "fishing" is a noun and is called a gerund. In your other two sentences, "fishing" is a present participle used to form the continuous/progressive form of the verb. Present participles can also function as modifers of other words.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 12-Nov-2006 at 23:32.

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    Default Re: Present participle

    You're welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    thanks a lot elf.
    You're welcome!

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    :-d

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