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    His sister didn't help by crying out...

    In this sentence is crying a gerund or a participle?

    His sister didn't help by crying out, "Mom's coming to see how your room looks!"

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    Re: Crying: gerund or participle?

    www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-gerunds_2.htm
    Having read the above, I consider it a gerund because it is used after 'by', a preposition.
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    Re: His sister didn't help by crying out...

    Welcome to the forum, emmybb3.

    I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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