What’s the difference between Present Participle and Gerund?

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Hi there,

Both Present Participle and Gerund are formed by adding -ING to the base form of a verb, so, you can’t tell them apart unless they’re in a sentence.
When your verb is part of a Continuous structure, we call it Present Participle:

  • I’m RUNNING.
  • I was WATCHING TV when he arrived.

When it functions as a noun, we call it Gerund:

  • Running is good for you.
  • Watching TV is bad for you.

I hope that helps 🙂

 

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