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    Question a woman giving birth

    Hi,

    "Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped."
    I found it her >> http://www.grammar-monster.com/gloss...participle.htm

    I want to know the part of speech of "giving". Is it an adjective or a verb? It is mentioned in the website that "giving" is an adjective, but I don't think so because I see that this sentence "there is a woman giving birth to a child" is a shorter form of "there is a woman who is giving birth to a child". Thus, "giving" is a verb not an adjective.

    What do you think?

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    It's a shorter form of "a woman who is giving birth". It's the simple present continuous form of "to give birth". "Giving" as an adjective has a very different meaning!

    Do you understand the joke at the beginning?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a shorter form of "a woman who is giving birth". It's the simple present continuous form of "to give birth". "Giving" as an adjective has a very different meaning!

    Do you understand the joke at the beginning?

    Really? What is the meaning?

    No, I don't.

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    Aah! I read it many times to figure it out.

    It is about population growth.

    Since "giving" is an adjective, can we say "there is a woman very giving birth to a child"?

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    No, that makes no sense. As ems wrote: "Giving" as an adjective has a very different meaning!

    The joke is that the same woman is giving birth every ten seconds.

    Never mind.

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    "Giving" as an adjective means "generous".

    As Rover said, the joke is that the first sentence can be taken to mean that one single woman (the same woman) gives birth every ten seconds in different places on the globe. Of course that is impossible but if it were true, we would probably all agree that that woman should be found and stopped.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    I agree with ems that "giving" is part of a shortened relative clause. But I disagree that it is not an adjective. As written, "giving" is a present participle, acting as an adjective that modifies "woman". What follows "giving" is the rest of a participial phrase.

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with ems that "giving" is part of a shortened relative clause. But I disagree that it is not an adjective. As written, "giving" is a present participle, acting as an adjective that modifies "woman". What follows "giving" is the rest of a participial phrase.
    I am sorry but I really confused. "Giving" follows woman and "very" can't come before it so, how it can be an adjective?

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    Re: a woman giving birth

    "Giving" is not an adjective here. "Giving birth to a child" as a phrase acts like an adjective to modify "woman."

    As an adjective on its own, a "giving" person refers to someone who is very charitable. This is not at all what this sentence is about.

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    Adjectival participial phrases often follow the nouns they modify.

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