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    Question ing form - is this a present continuos sentence?

    Is this sentence using a present continuos?

    "Big companies meeting their commitments is important."

    Can I say that in this sentence "meeting" is used a present continuos? if not, what would that be?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: ing form - is this a present continuos sentence?

    It's a gerund - it's "sort of" like a noun. Formal grammar would have "Big companies" in the possessive:

    Your meeting your commitments is important.
    His meeting his commitments is important.
    Their meeting their commitments is important.
    Big companies' meeting their commitments is important.

    More and more, you see the regular subject form used.

    Note that the continuous requires a form of "to be"
    You are meeting your commitments
    He was meeting his commitments (until he fell ill).
    They have been meeting their commitments. (Let's hope they continue to do so.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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