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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (March 23, 2009)

The Practical Participle

In English, the present participle is formed by adding "ing" to the present form of the verb. Then, with the addition of an auxiliary verb, we can make a sentence that says, "The boy is playing at the park."

But that's not all! We can also use a participle as an adjective: "Fred is a loving father." And, we can use it as a participial phrase (functioning as an adjective): "Looking out the window, Fred watched for his son to come home."

Lastly, we can make the verb into a noun (gerund): "Playing is something I like to do every weekend."

Learn the many uses of the participle to improve your writing!


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