[Grammar] pursuing

sania-baharat

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

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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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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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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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As children enter adolescence, they start spending too much time on the internet, during which (time) they [STRIKE]pursued[/STRIKE] 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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