What Are Present Participles?
Present participles are verb forms that end in '-ing' and are used to describe ongoing or continuous actions. Present participles can also function as adjectives, modifying nouns or pronouns.
Present Participles: Form
In order to form present participles, we can simply add an '-ing' to the base form of the verb. Look at the following examples:
Close → clos
Laugh → laugh
Kill → kill
Now, let us look at some sentences:
Look at how fast they are
- When the verb ends in an '-e', remove the '-e' and add '-ing':
Make → mak
Bake → bak
- When the verb ends in '-ie', simply replace it with a '-y':
Lie → l
Die → d
Present Participles: Uses
Present participles can serve different functions in a sentence. Look at the list below:
Now, let us examine some examples:
The revered thought that it is an
I talked to him while
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