Definition of present participle in English:

present participle

Syllabification: pres·ent par·ti·ci·ple


  • 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 nonfinite 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.
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    • 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.

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