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    ing and why

    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

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    Re: ing and why

    'Go' followed by a gerund is a common usage, see
    'Look for' is a phrasal verb, see Scroll down to 'look for'.

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    Re: ing and why

    Quote Originally Posted by learning67 View Post
    2 "looking" is a participle or gerund and why ?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Learning:

    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.

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