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    Present participle

    Did you start reviewing old land documents?

    I understand reviewing is present participle and used as an adjective. Am I correct?

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    Re: Present participle

    I think you are wrong, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Present participle

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    Hello, Ms. Giria:

    My teachers taught me to rearrange all questions in regular order (subject + verb) in order to analyze a question.

    So: "You did start reviewing old land documents?"

    In my opinion, most books (at least in secondary schools) would parse "reviewing" as a gerund. (A gerund is often defined as a verb being used as a noun.)

    Compare: "Did you start the review of old land documents?"

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    Re: Present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    In my opinion, most books (at least in secondary schools) would parse "reviewing" as a gerund.
    In your opinion, is 'reviewing' a present participle in 'Have you read the reviewing document about old land?'

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    Re: Present participle

    I agree with Parser. "Reviewing" is a gerund noun there. The gerund phrase (reviewing old land documents) is the direct object of the verb "start".

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    Re: Present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In your opinion, is 'reviewing' a present participle in 'Have you read the reviewing document about old land?'

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    Hello, Mr. Wai:

    Excuse my late response.

    I was actually waiting for a more knowledgeable member to answer your question.

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    1. Thank you for introducing me to the term "a reviewing document."

    2. I googled like mad, but I was never able to find a specific definition. I did find this: "This is a reviewing document (a progress report on ....)." [my emphasis]

    3. I certainly do not have the confidence to state a definite answer (let alone a definitive answer!) , but I will very timidly suggest that "reviewing" in "a reviewing document" seems to be acting as an adjective (just as the noun "progress" is acting as an adjective in "a progress report"), so I think (think!) that "reviewing" in "a reviewing document" is NOT a gerund. If (if!) it is NOT a gerund, then ...

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    Re: Present participle

    I have never heard "a reviewing document".

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