Notice the highlighted words in the following
1. "When I
Sophie said, coming home from school,
going to have a boutique."
2. Jansie, linking arms with her along the
street, looked doubtful.
find it," Sophie said,
staring far down the street.
4. Jansie, knowing they were both earmarked for
the biscuit factory, became melancholy.
5. And she turned in through the open street door
leaving Jansie standing in the
- When we add
to a verb we get the present participle form. The present
participle form is generally used along with forms of
(is, was, are, were, am) to indicate the continuous
tense as in "Sophie
was coming home from
- We can use the present participle by itself
without the helping verb, when we wish to indicate that an action
is happening at the same time as another.
- In example 1, Sophie
here, is the main action.
- What Sophie was doing while she was
is indicated by
home from school". So we
get the information of two actions happening at the same time. We
convey the information in one sentence instead of two.
I. Analyse the other examples in the same way.
II. Pick out five other sentences from the story in which present
participles are used in this sense.
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