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    #1

    The crumbling bridge must be repaired. vs The crumbled bridge must be repaired.

    The crumbling bridge must be repaired.
    Does the present participle "crumbling" here mean that the bridge is crumbling?
    I think that "crumbling" is not a progressive action because it happen quickly. Therefore, I think it is better to use the past participle "crumbled". Is this right?
    The crumbled bridge must be repaired.

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    #2

    Re: The crumbling bridge must be repaired. vs The crumbled bridge must be repaired.

    The crumbling bridge must be repaired.
    Does the present participle "crumbling" here mean that the bridge is crumbling?
    I think that "crumbling" is not a progressive action because it happen quickly. Therefore, I think it is better to use the past participle "crumbled". Is this right?
    The crumbled bridge must be repaired.


    Here, "crumbling" is better. A bridge or any other structure can go on crumbling for years, my own house is an excellent example. It means that a lot of small pieces (like the crumbs of a cake) keep falling off the structure. After the bridge, or my house, has been crumbling for years it might quickly collapse.

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