present participle

noun

Definition of present participle

:a participle that typically expresses present action in relation to the time expressed by the finite verb in its clause and that in English is formed with the suffix -ing and is used in the formation of the progressive tenses

Examples of present participle in a Sentence

  1. The verbs “dancing” in “He was dancing” and “crying” in “The baby is crying” are present participles.

First Known Use of present participle

1864


PRESENT PARTICIPLE Defined for English Language Learners

present participle

noun

Definition of present participle for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a verb form that ends in “-ing” and that is used with “be” to refer to action that is happening at the time of speaking or a time spoken of


PRESENT PARTICIPLE Defined for Kids

present participle

noun

Definition of present participle for Students

:the form of a verb that in English is formed with the suffix -ing and that expresses present action

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