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present participle

noun [C]  us   /ˈprez·ənt ˈpɑr·təˌsɪp·əl/
grammar a form of a verb that ends in "ing" and comes after another verb to show continuous action: In the sentence "The children are watching television," "watching" is a present participle.
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