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    ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    I know instinctively that the verb 'make' in the sentence below has to be in continuous tense, 'making', but I do not know the reason. I would appreciate your teaching me


    - The worker ants work on making new rooms in their nest.

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    Re: ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    'Making' is not the continuous tense of the verb here. It's either the present participle or gerund of 'make'.

    Those to whom the difference matters will enlighten us further.

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    Re: ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    'Making' can be seen as a gerund. "The worker ants work on the making of new rooms in their nest."
    Gerunds/present participles are not always easily classified. It's a spectrum.

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    Re: ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    'The worker ants work hard, making new rooms in their nest.'
    I consider 'making' a present participle. Am I right or wrong? Not a teacher.

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    Re: ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    You're right, Matthew.

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    Re: ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    I know instinctively that the verb 'make' in the sentence below has to be in continuous tense, 'making', but I do not know the reason.
    I think the reason for 'making' not being the continuous tense is that it is used after a preposition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    - The worker ants work on making new rooms in their nest.
    I think 'making' would be the continuous tense if 'work on' was replaced with 'are', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: ants work on making (contiuous tense) new rooms

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'making' would be the continuous tense if 'work on' was replaced with 'are', but I am not a teacher.
    Yes, the main verb is "work on", which is simple present.

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