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    Default -ing in sentences

    I would like to ask others on explanations on '-ing' forms in sentences. A student asked me why the verb 'hog' was in an '-ing' form in the following sentence:

    I saw a woman hogging the computer in Starbucks.

    The best explanation I could come up with was '-ing' can replace the 'who was +verb+ing' in this instance. It is the same in such sentences as:

    I heard the man drilling downstairs.
    We saw a cat running across the floor.

    If anyone has any better explanation I'd like to hear it.

    Stephen.

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    Default Re: -ing in sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen_A View Post
    I would like to ask others on explanations on '-ing' forms in sentences. A student asked me why the verb 'hog' was in an '-ing' form in the following sentence:

    I saw a woman hogging the computer in Starbucks.

    The best explanation I could come up with was '-ing' can replace the 'who was +verb+ing' in this instance. It is the same in such sentences as:

    I heard the man drilling downstairs.
    We saw a cat running across the floor.

    If anyone has any better explanation I'd like to hear it.

    Stephen.
    Hi, Stephen!

    A hog is wide-bodied and takes up a lot of space at the feeding trough. By taking up so much space, other animals cannot gain access to the food. Thus, the term 'hogging' means not sharing or allowing others to have access to something.

    Your explanation for the use of 'ing' in this instance makes sense to me.

    And, now, I will stop hogging the forum and will allow others to add their comments!

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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