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    #1

    standing up and then forgetting the question

    "I made an ass of myself at the meeting—standing up and then forgetting the question."


    If "...standing up and then forgetting the question." is abbreviation for "I was standing up and then I was forgetting the question" <- in other words Is it Past Continuous?

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    #2

    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

    I would call "standing" and "forgetting" present participles there.

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    #3

    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

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    I would call "standing" and "forgetting" present participles there.
    I agree. I'd just like to add, kompstar, that you should attach no significance to the word 'present' in 'present participle'. For reasons that are irrelevant today, we just happen to use the term 'present participle' for the -ing​ form of the verb in some of its usages.

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    #4

    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

    Well, it differentiates it from the past participle.

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    #5

    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    Is "...standing up and then forgetting the question." an abbreviation for "I was standing up and then I was forgetting the question"?

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


    Hello, Kompstar:

    A teacher has already answered you. I just wanted to expand on the answer.

    In my opinion, "Standing up and then forgetting the question" is NOT a shorter way to express the past progressive. I believe that it is accurate to say that "I was forgetting the question" is not natural English.

    Please look at these examples that I found in a very reliable book:

    1. "He walked out of the room and slammed the door behind him."
    2. "He walked out of the room, slamming the door behind him."

    What do you think?

    Is it possible that the "original" sentence was something like: "I stood up and then forgot the question. I made an a-- of myself."

    Using the participle, we get one smooth sentence: "I made an a-- of myself, standing up and then forgetting the question."

    In fact, if you rearrange the words, maybe this idea becomes clearer: Standing up and then forgetting the question, I made an a-- of myself.


    (IF I have understood him correctly, I wish to credit L.G. Alexander's Longman English Grammar, 1988.)

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    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

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    Well, it differentiates it from the past participle.
    ... and the word 'past' in 'past participle' has nothing to do with the past tense.

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    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would call "standing" and "forgetting" present participles there.
    That's right, and "standing up and then forgetting the question" is a participial phrase.

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    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

    Thank you for all your answers.

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    Your clicks on Post Thanks are all the thanks we need.

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    #10

    Re: standing up and then forgetting the question

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    Your clicks on Post Thanks are all the thanks we need.
    I understand.

    I have one more (the last) question. I've found such sentence "Most people are against bringing back the death penalty." Am I right that the word "bringing" is present participle?

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