Gerund of verb?

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Sentence: Lately, my friend and I have been shopping a lot.

 

In the above sentence I see that "have" and "been" are verbs, but does the complete main verb also include "shopping"?

 

Is shopping an activity in this case, so a noun (gerund), or is the action being helped by the helping verbs "have" and "been"

gerund verb asked Feb 28 '13 at 16:28 AZTeach New member

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In this case, 'shopping' is the present participle, and the tense is present progressive. The giveaway here is the verb

form 'have been'. Think of the verb 'to be' as an equal sign. He is my friend. He=friend. In your example (simplified), we have been shopping, 'we' is not equal to 'shopping', so shopping has to be part of the verb, not a noun.

link answered Feb 28 '13 at 19:12 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

The tense is Present Perfect Progressive/Continuous.

Shawn MooneyMar 01 '13 at 13:13

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