Hello, In the two sentences below, I know that "is" is a linking verb. I don't know if coming and swimming are gerunds or the main verb with "is" functioning as a helping verb. How can I know the difference? Thanks! "Joe is coming." "Joe is swimming."
When the subject is animate, and the -ing form of the verb follows the "be" verb, the -ing form is always a participle, not a gerund. Compare: "She is swimming" and "'My favourite sport is swimming". In the first sentence, swimming is a participle but in the second it is a gerund.
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