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    knelt on the floor, begging

    Question: Henry knelt on the floor, begging his father for forgiveness.

    I know that the correct answer (grammar/verb form?) to the question is ‘begging’. However, I don’t know if ‘begging’ in this context is a gerund or just a continuous tense. If it’s a gerund, why is it a gerund?

    I’m thinking the clauses, ‘Henry knelt on the floor’ and ‘his father for forgiveness’ are both noun phrases. Is that right?

    In any case, I just can’t figure out why ‘begging’ is a gerund here (if indeed it is a gerund).

    Thank you!

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    Re: knelt on the floor, begging

    It is a present participle modifying the subject 'Henry'.
    I am not a teacher.

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