[Grammar] image of the dark figure moving

Oceanlike

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In the following sentence, I know I should use 'moving' but I don't know why. It just sounds right. Please help me to understand why it should be 'moving' and not in any other verb form.

The image of the dark figure moving intermittently kept appearing in my mind.

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You can use "that moved".
 

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The image of the dark figure moving intermittently kept appearing in my mind.

Can I use 'moving'? And why?
 

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Hi,

The context in which this sentence occurred would make me surer of my answer, but I think this is a case where words which are not there, help explain the form of a word that is: The image of the dark figure that had been/was moving intermittently kept appearing in my mind.

Other people may have different and maybe better ideas, though!

Sue
 

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but I think this is a case where words which are not there, help explain the form of a word that is: The image of the dark figure that had been/was moving intermittently kept appearing in my mind.
Sue

Thank you for the explanation. I must admit that I don't understand what you meant by 'words which are not there, help explain the form of a word that is'. Sorry, I feel rather dumb not understanding what you said.
 

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It is not a dumb question. Sue meant the phrase "that had been/was" was not present in the original sentence but they help explain why you use "moving".
 
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