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."
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