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    morgolia is offline Newbie
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    Cool Gerunds and Participles, again!

    Help!

    Question #1: In the sentence "She came home running." is running a Gerund, or a Participle?

    If it's a participle, what is it modifying?

    And Question #2.. Can participles act as adverbs, modifying verbs or adjectives?

    I'd really appreciate any light shed on this. Me eyes are spinning in their sockets!

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    Buddhaheart is offline Member
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    Re: Gerunds and Participles, again!

    ‘Running’ in Q.1 is a participial adjective (verbal adjective) modifying the pronoun ‘She’. It’s a subjective complement after ‘came’ which functions as linking verb.

    Participles cannot act as adverbs, modifying verbs or adjectives.

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    morgolia is offline Newbie
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    Re: Gerunds and Participles, again!

    Thanks!

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