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  1. ssairam96
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    Unhappy Confusion with participles

    In the sentence "The baby is sleeping" is 'sleeping' functioning as an action verb or is 'sleeping' a participle functioning as an adjective like "The baby is naughty" where naughty is an adjective?

    Please help!!

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    Re: Confusion with participles

    In the sentence "The baby is sleeping" the word "sleeping" is the main verb and the word "is" is a helping (or auxiliary) verb.


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    Re: Confusion with participles

    It's not an adjective here, it's a verb.
    edit: sorry for doubling

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    Re: Confusion with participles

    It would be an adjective in this sentence:
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    He tried not to disturb the sleeping baby.


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    Re: Confusion with participles

    Thanks Ron........but my confusion prevails

    How is this explained:

    The girl is naughty..........'is' is a linking verb here, right?

    The girl is reading...........'is' is a helping verb here.

    How can we explain this distinction?

    Thanx in advance.

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    Re: Confusion with participles

    Quote Originally Posted by ssairam96 View Post
    Thanks Ron........but my confusion prevails

    How is this explained:

    The girl is naughty..........'is' is a linking verb here, right?

    The girl is reading...........'is' is a helping verb here.

    How can we explain this distinction?
    Yes, and yes. The word "naughty" is an adjective, not a verb. The word "reading" is, of course, a verb.



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    So why can't 'reading' be considered here as the present participle working as an adjective?

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    Re: Confusion with participles

    It is a present participle. Continuous and progressive aspects - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Confusion with participles

    It's probably best to try and not get bogged down with all these grammatical names and asking yourself is X functioning as this, or is it functioning as that.
    Saying that though, here is my input on the matter:

    Reading books is fun. (reading is describing the noun books, so i think it's an adjective)

    I am reading. (suggests that I'm doing the action 'now', so we call it the main verb in a continuous sentence)

    My favourite hobby is reading. (Here, I'm just stating 'reading' is my favourite hobby, I'm not actually reading at this present moment, so I believe it's classed a gerund?)

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    Re: Confusion with participles

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    Reading books is fun. (reading is describing the noun books, so i think it's an adjective)
    I can't agree with this. The sentence says something about reading. Reading is the subject of it. It's a gerund - the name of the activity that the verb 'read' describes. Note that e.g. in Italian, gerundio is a different thing. This word is a mess, they should ban it.

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