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present participle

present participles

present participle (plural present participles)

  1. (grammar) A verb form that indicates an ongoing action or state in the present and which functions as an adjective.

In English, the present participle takes the suffix -ing and is preceded by a form of the verb to be to make the progressive tenses of a verb. When it functions as a noun it is called a gerund. It may also function as an adjective, especially in attributive use. It can evolve to become either a true noun or a true adjective, or both, with a shift in meaning, sometime substantial. To see examples, look for words ending in -ing in Category:English adjectives and Category:English nouns.

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