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English definition of “present participle”

present participle

noun [C] uk   us  
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.
(Definition of present participle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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