present participle

See also gerund-participle. While the two have different historical origins, in Modern English their meanings are identical.


present participle

present participles

  1. (countable) 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:
    Breaking the rules is bad.
    They are helping her.

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