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    nuharani is offline Junior Member
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    ask teacher

    is there an easy way to find whether the word is a gerund or a present progressive. Especially when the word is in the middle of the sentences, not in the beginning of sentences. Thanks.

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    Re: ask teacher

    Look for an auxiliary verb- if the -ing form comes after it and together they make a complete verb, it's a present participle.
    Is it modifying a noun? If so, then the present participle is used as an adjective.
    Is it the complement of the verb? If so, it's a gerund.
    Is it after a preposition? If so, it's a gerund.

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    Thumbs up Re: ask teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Look for an auxiliary verb- if the -ing form comes after it and together they make a complete verb, it's a present participle.
    Is it modifying a noun? If so, then the present participle is used as an adjective.
    Is it the complement of the verb? If so, it's a gerund.
    Is it after a preposition? If so, it's a gerund.
    Very nice. This is exactly what I've been looking for for ages.
    Thanks a lot Rechard
    Best regards!
    Dawood

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