present participle

present participle
a participle expressing present action; in English is formed by adding -ing
Hypernyms: ↑participle, ↑participial

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noun, pl ⋯ -ciples [count]
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

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

◇ The present participle can also be used before a noun like an adjective.

the crying baby

the quickly rising tide

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ˌpresent ˈparticiple [present participle] noun (grammar)
the form of the verb that in English ends in -ing and is used with the verb to be to form progressive tenses such as I was running or sometimes as an adjective as in running water

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  • 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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