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    pursuing

    Hello,
    Could anyone please tell me what the use of verb+ing in the underlined part is?
    As children enter adolescence, they start spending too much time on the internet, pursuing educational and social activities.

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    Re: pursuing

    What do you mean by 'what the use of verb+ing.... is'?
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    Re: pursuing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you mean by 'what the use of verb+ing.... is'?
    I meant how the whole underlined part would be like if we didn't want to use verb +ing form?

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    Re: pursuing

    The underlined part of your sentence is a present participle phrase.

    "pursuing educational and social activities" acts as an adjective which modifies "time".
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    Re: pursuing

    Wow!! How did you know that? That is so complicated to understand, but how interesting and amazing English language is.Thanks all for your helpful and informative responses.

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    Re: pursuing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As children enter adolescence, they start spending too much time on the internet, during which (time) they pursued pursue educational and social activities.
    I'm sure this was a simple typo.
    Since this is a habitual action, or a general truth, it's written in the simple present tense.

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