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    ruby

    Hi. Can someone explain to me why in the following sentence, we do not have to BE verb while using the -ing tense:
    " Many dogs work for humans, doing jobs such as, helping the blind, helping the police...and even racing."

    My question : why isnt doing, helping and racing prefixed by are ? Isnt it the -ing tense? If not what is it please?

    Thankyou for your help.

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    Re: ruby

    Ex: Many dogs work for humans, doing jobs such as, helping the blind, helping the police...and even racing.

    The underlined words are not verbs. Just because they end in -ing doesn't mean they are verbs. The fact that they don't take a BE verb tells us they are nominal, meaning they are not verbs:


    • Many dogs work for humans by doing jobs such as this job: helping the blind, and this job: helping the police, and they even do this job: racing.

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