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    It's sad, isn't it? All these older guys partying way past their
    prime."


    I don't understand the word partying in this sentence
    Is it comes from "are partying" or "who are partying"?
    If it the present continuous, why doesn't "are" or "who are" is written before it?

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    We can omit the 'who are'. Sometimes, we use the present or past participle as an adjective and omit the relative pronoun:

    John, interested in stamps,...
    Here, we can skip the 'whois'.

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    Default Re: partying

    Quote Originally Posted by wendy
    It's sad, isn't it? All these older guys partying way past their
    prime."


    I don't understand the word partying in this sentence
    Is it comes from "are partying" or "who are partying"?
    If it the present continuous, why doesn't "are" or "who are" is written before it?
    I agree with TDOL's response. As it is written, it is not a complete sentence. This would be quite normal in conversation. The sentence fragment is attached to the first senetnce, defing what is "sad". If one wanted it to be a sentence one would put "are" before "partying" to make a complete progressive verb. If one inserted "who are" it would remain a sentence fragment, but it would change "partying" from a participle-adjective to part of progressive verb in a relative clause.

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