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    Exclamation going as far back as

    Hello,

    Masks have a long history in Western civilization, going as far back as the Greeks.They were first used in religious rituals toimpersonate the god Dionysus.


    why used 'ING' form of verb 'go' ?
    what is the meaning of phrase?

    Thanks.

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    Re: going as far back as

    There is a history going back as far as the ancient Greek civilisation.

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    Re: going as far back as

    You meant:
    There is a history that is going back as far as the ancient Greek civilisation., which 'that is 'omitted?


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    Re: going as far back as

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    You meant:
    There is a history that is going back as far as the ancient Greek civilisation., which 'that is 'omitted?
    No, there's a history that goes back to ancient Greece.
    "Going" is the present participle, and it's used here as part of an adjectival phrase.

    Here's a page that compares English and Italian present participles. It might help.
    http://tutorino.ca/grammatica/2007/1...n-italian.html

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