Student or Learner
When Roy abandoned his family , the police went looking for him.
1 why look + ing ?
2 "looking" is a participle or gerund and why ?
3 "looking for" is a phrasal verb ?
When the first part of a sentence is Simple past tense the second part could be Past continuous or Past perfect ? Right or not
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
One of my favorite books * says that both answers are correct. Let me explain.
1. That book feels that we can analyze such a sentence like this:
a. "Looking" is a participle.
b. It is a subjective complement (refers to "the police").
c. "Went" is acting as a linking verb.
d. "Looking" is a gerund.
e. It is functioning as an adverb that modifies the verb "went."
f. "Looking" is a gerund.
g. It is the object of the preposition "a" that we no longer use in modern English. Here are some examples that you may occasionally encounter in your reading:
(i) The children came a-running.
(ii) She went a-fishing.
(iii) I am going a-hunting.
(iv) My mother has gone a-calling.
Today, we would not usually use "a."
Sometimes a writer might use it because she wants to create a certain mood:
"[B]ulldozers chewed the frozen earth, and riveters set steel beams arattling."
* R.W. Pence and D.W. Emery, A Grammar of Present-Day English (second edition, 1963), pp. 61, 106, and 314.