Last Updated : 04 Jan 2019
1. Present Participle as a Verb
The present participle does not give a clear idea about the time of action. It may refer to past, future, or present depending on the auxiliary verb used before it.
Present Participle is used as a main verb in the continuous sentence.
|I was writing the examination. ||Past continuous tense, and the participle is writing|
|I am writing the examinaiton||Present continuous and the participle is writing|
2. Present Participle as an Adjective
Here, the participle, dinning qualifies the noun table and thus acts as an adjective.
|I lost my walking stick |
|I bought a new washing machine |
|I worked in a spinning mill |
|I know how the grinding machine works |
We have seen that participles qualify nouns or pronouns. They may be used.
|A rolling stone gathers no moss|
His tattered coat needs mending
As only a participle
|On reading the newspaper, he learnt about his loss in his business|
|Coming to the point, the manager ended the meeting|
As a gerundial noun
|Walking is good for health|
|Reading is good for knowledge|
|Working is good for progress|
As a verbal noun
|The building I bought is very costly|
|The meeting gave me a nice experience|
|Picasa’s painting is world famous|
All these words are called non-conclusive verbs which say only about the quality of our thoughts but not actions
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