Present Participle Form of the Verb with Examples

The present participle form of the verb is formed by adding an ‘ing’ to the base form/root verb. In some cases, when the word is a monosyllabic word that ends with a vowel followed by a consonant, the last consonant is doubled, and then the ‘ing’ is added. For verbs ending with an ‘e’, the ‘e’ is removed, and the ‘ing’ is added in most cases. However, there are a few verbs that retain the ‘e’ in the base form when converted to the present participle form of the verb.

This form of the verb is used in the continuous/progressive tenses to indicate that the action is still going on. It is also used to convert verbs into nouns that refer to an action.

Examples of Present Participle Form:
Words that have double consonants
Run – Running
Swim – Swimming
Forget – Forgetting
Sit – Sitting
Cut – Cutting

Examples of regular verbs converted to the present participle form
Cry – crying
Try – Trying
Read – Reading
Write – Writing (‘e’ is removed)
Age – Ageing (‘e’ is retained)



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