Definition of present participle in English:
The form of a verb, ending in -ing in English, which is used in forming continuous tenses, e.g. in I’m thinking, alone in non-finite clauses, e.g. in sitting here, I haven’t a care in the world, as a noun, e.g. in good thinking, and as an adjective, e.g. in running water.
- It is not surprising, therefore, that present participles can sometimes function as prepositions (concerning, considering, regarding are representative examples).
- Each title begins with the words ‘The Bed, The Chair,’ followed by a description of a depicted activity, often expressed in present participles.
- French uses the present participle in its verbal form much less frequently than does English.
Definition of present participle in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India