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    about the present participle

    a dancing girl
    1. a girl who dances (as an occupation)
    2. a girl who is dancing
    What does a dancing girl mean?

    a running man
    1. a man who runs (as an occupation)
    2. a man who is running.
    What does a running man mean?

    a barking dog
    1. a dog which (often) barks
    2. a dog which is barking

    a sleeping baby
    1. a baby who sleeps (a lot)
    2. a baby who is sleeping
    What does a sleeping baby mean?

    What does the Laughing Philosopher mean?

    Thanks.

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    Re: about the present participle

    For the first four questions, the second response is the most likely, though only full context will make this certain.

    For the laughing philosopher, see Democritus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by 5jj; 14-Feb-2012 at 17:24. Reason: typo

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    Re: about the present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    ...the second response is the mret likely...
    What does this word mean?

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    Re: about the present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    What does this word mean?
    It's a typo.

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    Re: about the present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a typo.
    I coudl have sowrn I chcked that.

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    Re: about the present participle

    Where more than one meaning is possible, context is the key.

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