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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #16142: Gerund
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: -ing | Find the correct tense [Change theme]
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    Present Participles

    > Formation

    The present participle is formed by adding the ending '--ing' to the infinitive (dropping any silent 'e' at the end of the infinitive):

    to sing --> singing
    to take --> taking
    to bake --> baking
    to be --> being
    to have --> having

    > Use

    A. The present participle may often function as an adjective:

    That's an interesting book.
    That tree is a weeping willow.

    B. The present participle can be used as a noun denoting an activity (this form is also called a gerund):

    Swimming is good exercise.
    Traveling is fun.

    C. The present participle can indicate an action that is taking place, although it cannot stand by itself as a verb. In these cases it generally modifies a noun (or pronoun), an adverb, or a past participle:

    Thinking myself lost, I gave up all hope.
    Washing clothes is not my idea of a job.
    Looking ahead is important.

    D. The present participle may be used with 'while' or 'by' to express an idea of simultaneity ('while') or causality ('by') :

    He finished dinner while watching television.
    By using a dictionary he could find all the words.
    While speaking on the phone, she doodled.
    By calling the police you saved my life!

    E. The present participle of the auxiliary 'have' may be used with the past participle to describe a past condition resulting in another action:

    Having spent all his money, he returned home.
    Having told herself that she would be too late, she accelerated.

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    A) Turn into the gerund form: 1. to give

    to walk

    to sit

    to help

    B) Complete with a preposition and a gerund form: He passed his exam (work) very hard.

    He did his homework (watch) TV.

    They found the way to our house (look) at their map.

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