Use of negative present participle

I’m in trouble to compare the following two sentences in view of flow. The first one uses negative present participle (which is my favorite): all subsystems not belonging to the currently-active configuration should have been deactivated. But I’m wondering whether this sentence sounds awkward or not. The second one is the same sentence rewritten with … Read more

Is ‘being’ omitted in certain participle clauses and absolute constructions?

In literature (particularly fiction), there will often be examples of supplementary adjectives and absolute constructions in which a participle isn’t present. My question boils down to how we analyse such passages. My instinct tells me that the present participle ‘being’ has been omitted; however, it has been difficult to find sufficient evidence that supports my … Read more

Descriptive words and gerunds or present participles

Gerunds and present participles happen to look exactly the same in English, the first acting as a noun and the second as either an adjective, a verb denoting continuous action, or introducing a participle clause. When adding a descriptive word to them, should gerunds get adjectives and participles adverbs, even though they’re both created from … Read more

Causative with have/get + object + present participle: when can it be used?

I would like to know when the causative with have/get + object + present participle can be used and when it can’t. In this answer I found this example: He had us dancing/dance on the table ~ He got us dancing/to dance on the table. I had him see his advisor about that ~ I … Read more

Correct use of the present participle of verb “to pacifiy”?

I wonder if this expression can be correctly formulated and completed using the present participle pacifying of the verb to pacifiy as an adjective at least, instead of pacifist. He/she is a pacifying person. This is what pacifying tends to do: tending to calm the emotions and relieve stress. Answer Yes, you can use it … Read more

Why did the present participle become more popular than a regular active verb?

I’ve been studying Latin by myself as a kid in middle school, and I’ve gotten fairly advanced with it. However, in Latin and most other languages, the present participle is/was almost never used in the place of an active. In English, this isn’t the case. For some reason, it’s considerably more common to announce “I’m … Read more

Why is the present participle not considered a principal part?

From Wikipedia on principal parts: In language learning, the principal parts of a verb are those forms that a student must memorize in order to be able to conjugate the verb through all its forms. […] The principal parts of an English verb are the infinitive, preterite and past participle. In English, the present participle … Read more

What is are the distinct names for these verbs: ‘Display’ and ‘Displays’

Given the statement Click this button to display your presentation and Clicking this button displays your presentation. I assume both the words display and displays are verbs but what is the name of one verb and what is the name of the other? Display sounds like a commanding verb. Displays sounds like an descriptive verb. … Read more

“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]”

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence. Answer They’re both acceptable, and largely interchangeable. In this case, there’s a slight difference of emphasis in that growing up shows … Read more