present participle

While the two have different historical origins, in Modern English their forms are identical.

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present participle

present participles

  1. (countable) (grammar) In English, a present participle is a verb form that ends in -ing. Present participles are commonly used to form the progressive aspect.
    In the following examples, the present participle is underlined:
    They kept breaking the rules.
    They are helping her.

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