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    meaning of "working"

    Hello.

    The following is "Shipment procedures for frozen muscle biopsies".
    I don't understand the meaning of "working". Could anyone help me please?

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    8. Open the freezer, quickly take out the cryovial(s) and working on top of the dry ice in the transport box:
    Place the cryovial(s) in the plastic bag
    Expel air from the bag
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    Re: meaning of "working"

    It means 'perform the following operations on top of the dry ice'.

    Rover

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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Thank you, Rover KE. But I don't still understand well yet.
    Is this "working" a gerund and does it mean "to work"?

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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Thank you, Rover KE. But I don't still understand well yet.
    Is this "working" a gerund and does it mean "to work"?
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    It's not the gerund, it's the -ing form.

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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    It's not the gerund, it's the -ing form.
    Well, the gerund is an -ing-form.

    In pinkie9's sentence it is a present participle. The sentence would have been easier to understand with a comma between and and working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Well, the gerund is an -ing-form.

    In pinkie9's sentence it is a present participle. The sentence would have been easier to understand with a comma between and and working.
    You've got me there, fivejedjon. I was actually thinking of the present participle, introducing the -ing clause.

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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Thank you.
    If something is omitted in the sentence, could anyone please write the whole sentence without omission?

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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Well, the gerund is an -ing-form.

    In pinkie9's sentence it is a present participle. The sentence would have been easier to understand with a comma between and and working.
    If it is a present participle then shouldn't there be a "to be" verb? has it been omited?

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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    If it is a present participle then shouldn't there be a "to be" verb?
    Only when it is used with BE to form the progressive (or continuous) tenses/aspects:

    I am/was/have been working.

    Among other things, the present participle can be used:

    As an adjective: I was struck by a falling tile;

    Adverbially: He came into the room smiling, and left crying;

    As part of a participle clause:

    Seeing her arrive, I informed the chairman
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    Re: meaning of "working"

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    Thank you.
    If something is omitted in the sentence, could anyone please write the whole sentence without omission?
    Do you want to know what working means in the context of that sentence, or what its grammatical function might be?

    If the former, I told you in post 2.

    Rover

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