Present participle


What is the present participle and how is it used?

asked Jan 17 '11 at 17:31 val New member

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The present participle is a fancy name for "-ing" verbs forms.  And it is constructed like so:

"to be" (conjugated) + infinitive (without 'to') + -ing

  I am + sing +ing =  "I am singing."


This participle is found in the following tenses:

- the future progressive (I will be studying tomorrow.)

- the future perfect  progressive (I will have been studying 5 hours by the time we eat lunch.)

- the present progressive (I am studying.)

- the present perfect progressive (I have been studying.)

- the past progressive (I was studying.)

- the past perfect progressive (I had been studying maths before she entered the room.)


The present participle also can be used as an adjective, i.e. "My mother is a working woman."


NOTE:  The "-ing" form used to form nouns is not called the present participle, but the gerund. An example of the gerund as a noun is, "Running is great exercise."

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