present participle


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a participle that ends in -ing, e.g. swimming, running. Present participles can be used in the following ways:
As a gerund (noun), e.g. I like swimming.

  • Running is my favourite sport.
  • As an adjective, e.g. The swimming team arrived. The running group assembled.
  • With an auxiliary verb, to form a finite verb, e.g. He was swimming. I am running.

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