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"present participle" in British English

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present participlenoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​form of a ​verb that in ​Englishends in -ing and comes after another ​verb to show ​continuousaction. It is used to ​form the ​presentcontinuous: In the ​sentences "The ​children are ​watchingtelevision", "The ​weather is getting ​colder", and "I ​heard him ​singing", "​watching", "getting", and "​singing" are ​presentparticiples.

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(Definition of present participle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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present participlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈprez·ənt ˈpɑr·təˌsɪp·əl/
grammar a ​form of a ​verb that ​ends in "ing" and comes after another ​verb to show ​continuousaction: In the ​sentence "The ​children are ​watchingtelevision," "​watching" is a present participle.
(Definition of present participle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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