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"present participle" in British English

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present participlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌprez.ənt pɑː ˈtɪs.ɪ.pəl/ us /ˌprez.ənt ˈpɑːr.tɪ.sɪ.pəl/

a form of a verb that in English ends in -ing and comes after another verb to show continuous action. It is used to form the present continuous:

In the sentences "The children are watching television", "The weather is getting colder", and "I heard him singing", "watching", "getting", and "singing" are present participles.

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  • In English, the present continuous tense is formed from the auxiliary 'be' and the present participle.
  • In the sentence 'Someone is watching you.', 'watching' is the present participle.

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

"present participle" in American English

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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 continuous action:

In the sentence "The children are watching television," "watching" is a present participle.

(Definition of “present participle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)