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English definition of “present participle”

present participle

noun [C] UK (US present participle,   )  
the form of a verb that ends with '-ing'Verb forms, tenses and types of verbs
(Definition of present participle noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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