1. Present Participle As A Verb
The present participle does not give a clear idea about the time of action. It may refer to past, future, or present depending on the auxiliary verb used before it.
Present Participle is used as a main verb in the continuous sentence.
Examples Of Verb
|I was writing the examination.||Past continuous tense, and the participle is writing|
|I am writing the examination||Present continuous and the participle is writing|
2. Present Participle As An Adjective
Examples Of Adjective
|This is our dining table|
Here, the participle, dinning qualifies the noun table and thus acts as an adjective.
|I lost my walking stick|
|I bought a new washing machine|
|I worked in a spinning mill|
|I know how the grinding machine works|
We have seen that participles qualify nouns or pronouns. They may be used.
His tattered coat needs mending
|A rolling stone gathers no moss|
|He kept me waiting|
As Only A Participle
|On reading the newspaper, he learnt about his loss in his business|
|Coming to the point, the manager ended the meeting|
As A Gerundial Noun
|Walking is good for health|
|Reading is good for knowledge|
|Working is good for progress|
As A Verbal Noun
|The building I bought is very costly|
|The meeting gave me a nice experience|
|Picasa’s painting is world famous|
All these words are called non-conclusive verbs which say only about the quality of our thoughts but not actions