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    Lightbulb different uses of -ing form

    I have a question regarding -ing form.

    1. A wolve jumped, howling.
    2. I was awaken by a wolve howling.
    3. I was awaken by a howling wolve.

    Although, the "howling" is in the same -ing form, but there are differences among them from the point of view of English grammar.
    Could someone give me a guide to the differences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech98 View Post
    I have a question regarding -ing form.

    1. A wolf jumped howling. (comma is unnecessary)
    2. I was awaken by a wolf howling from a distance.
    3. I was awaken by a howling wolf.

    Although, the "howling" is in the same -ing form, but there are differences among them from the point of view of English grammar.
    Could someone give me a guide to the differences?
    ‘A wolve’ is wrong, the correct expression is ‘A wolf’ which is a wild animal of the dog family. Its plural form is wolves.

    ‘Howling’ is basically an adjective; be a howling success means: extremely successful as The film was a howling success.</SPAN>

    In the first sentence howling is the present participle of the verb ‘howl’, and it also acts as adjective.

    The second sentence could be meaningful if the expression ‘from a distance’ is added after ‘howling’ In that case ‘howling from a distance’ acts as participle phrase modifying the noun wolf.

    In the third sentence the prepositional phrase ‘by a howling wolf’ modifies the vercb awaken. It means the long/irritating sound made by a wolf.

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