present participle

present participle
noun Date: 1864 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

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  • present participle — present participles N COUNT In grammar, the present participle of a verb is the form which ends in ing . Present participles are used to form continuous tenses, as in She was wearing a neat blue suit . They are often nouns, as in I hate cooking… …   English dictionary

  • present participle — n technical a ↑participle that is formed in English by adding ing to the verb, as in sleeping . It can be used in ↑compound forms of the verb to show ↑continuous tenses, as in she s sleeping , or as an adjective, as in the sleeping child …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • present participle — noun count LINGUISTICS in English, the form of a verb that ends in ing and expresses continuing action, for example the word fishing. It can sometimes be used as an adjective, for example in the screaming baby …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • present participle — ► NOUN Grammar ▪ the form of a verb, ending in ing in English, which is used in forming continuous tenses (e.g. I m thinking), as a noun (e.g. good thinking), and as an adjective (e.g. running water) …   English terms dictionary

  • present participle — noun a participle expressing present action; in English is formed by adding ing • Hypernyms: ↑participle, ↑participial * * * noun, pl ⋯ ciples [count] grammar : a verb form that ends in “ ing” and that is used with “be” to refer to action that is …   Useful english dictionary

  • present participle — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms present participle : singular present participle plural present participles linguistics in English, the form of a verb that ends in ing and expresses continuing action, for example the word fishing . It can… …   English dictionary

  • present participle — noun A verb form that indicates an ongoing action or state in the present and which can function as an adjective. Syn: See Also: future participle, participle, past participle, perfect passive participle …   Wiktionary

  • present participle — /prɛzənt ˈpatəsɪpəl/ (say prezuhnt pahtuhsipuhl) noun a participle with present meaning, as growing in a growing boy . –present participial /prɛzənt patəˈsɪpɪəl/ (say prezuhnt pahtuh sipeeuhl), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • Present participle — Participe  Cet article concerne le sens grammatical du mot « participe ». Pour les significations de ce mot, voir Participe (homonymie). Catégories verbales …   Wikipédia en Français

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