1. The title: Brian hugging Michael in the street is not a sentence. As with headlines, titles are often phrases instead of sentences.Originally Posted by wendy
2. Not in a complete sentence. To make that title a sentence, one would need to add "was" or "is" before "hugging". That would make a complete progressive verb "is/was hugging".
3. In my opinion, it is neither, although "hugging" is a participle. It is part of a progressive verb form [to be + present participle]. If one changed it to "Brian hugging Michael was a strange sight", then "hugging Michael" would be a participial phrase modifying "Brian".
4. No. :wink: