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    Present continuous tense

    Could you please check to see if I understand the present continuous tense correctly?

    “My grandpa’s coming to visit today,” said Lucy.
    “Now, take a seat because we’re all going to do some painting.”
    In the 2 sentences above, the present continuous tense is used together with a present tense. But painting here is used as a noun and not as a present continuous tense.

    Something nice and bright?
    Something in this sentence is also used as a noun.

    She liked plunging her hands deep in the box and feeling with her eyes shut.
    When Mrs. Kelly wasn’t looking, Lucy trimmed a piece of her own hair…
    Her mother was waiting as usual, but…
    “That’s Honey!” said Lucy, smiling.
    In the sentences above, the present continuous tense is used with a past tense.

    Then she squeezed a long winding ribbon of glue over the hills, …
    winding here is used as an adjective.

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    #2

    Re: Present continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    Could you please check to see if I understand the present continuous tense correctly?

    “My grandpa’s coming to visit us today,” said Lucy. OK
    “Now, take a seat because we’re all going to do some painting.” OK (probably, it's not a natural sentence.)


    Something nice and bright? I don't understand this question. Something is a pronoun.


    She liked plunging her hands deep in the box and feeling with her eyes shut. They're just verbs, not in any tense. You can say "she liked to plunge... and feel". (I'm not sure here)
    When Mrs. Kelly wasn’t looking, Lucy trimmed a piece of her own hair… It's the past continuous, not present.
    Her mother was waiting as usual, but… That's OK.
    “That’s Honey!” said Lucy, smiling. Smiling is a present participle here.


    Then she squeezed a long winding ribbon of glue over the hills, … Yes, it's an adjective.
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    I've tried my best. If I'm wrong, teachers will delete my post and help you.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 11-May-2014 at 14:46. Reason: typo
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #3

    Re: Present continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    “That’s Honey!” said Lucy, smiling. Smiling is a part participle here.
    Should it be "present participle"?

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    Re: Present continuous tense

    Whoops, thank you. It was a mistake.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Present continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    She liked plunging her hands deep in the box and feeling with her eyes shut. They're just verbs, not in any tense.
    They may be gerunds.

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    #6

    Re: Present continuous tense

    They are.

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    Re: Present continuous tense

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    They are.
    You mean 'plunging' and 'feeling' are present continuous tense right?

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    #8

    Re: Present continuous tense

    No, they are gerunds, not verbs. Gerunds look like present participles of verbs, but they aren't. They have no tense.

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    Re: Present continuous tense

    Gerunds are nouns, so they have no tense.

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    Re: Present continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    You mean 'plunging' and 'feeling' are present continuous tense right?
    No- I was agreeing with Matthew that they're gerunds. He used may, so I confirmed it to remove doubt.

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