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  1. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    #71

    Re: present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Why here there is a comma(after the same)? :
    In English-Chinese dictionaries, the two verbs translate the same, causing confusion.
    I used a comma there because it could be written as '... the two verbs translate the same and thus cause confusion', where 'thus' makes sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    And why here there is no comma? - I sat watching TV.
    I would not use a comma above because it could be written as 'I sat and watched TV', where 'thus' should not be used.

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    I'm sure you can be more polite.
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    I expect from someone to help not to speak harshly.
    I think there is semantic misunderstanding between a native speaker and a non-native, which might happen occasionally.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #72

    Re: present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Hello, I would like to understand ,what does "Ing" symbolize here?

    Shmuel (Shmulik) Shilo was born in Lutsk, Poland, to a Zionist family. In August 1942, in the midst of World War II, most of the Jews of Lutsk were murdered. Shmuel managed to escape, hiding for several months with a Polish family


    I know that its a present participle but there are some categories of present participle: like present progressive, past progressive or progressive generally.
    In this sentence hiding has the same meaning like "was hiding". So is it Abbreviation?

    If it has the same meaning but its still not the same, can you give me an article? I haven't found this yet, I have found other types of present participle(sub-categories).

    Thanks.

    It means that "Shmuel managed to escape (by) hiding for several months with a Polish family."

    It is telling you how he managed to escape.

    This may help:
    http://esl.about.com/od/grammarstruc...ish-Gerund.htm

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    #73

    Re: present participle

    Welcome to the forum, alsp. Please read the Forum Guidelines — especially this:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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