present participlepres·ent participle
An example of present participle is the word smiling in the sentence "he's a smiling baby."
- with auxiliaries to show present or continuing action or state of being (Ex.: growing in “he is growing”)
- as an adjective (Ex.: growing in “a growing boy”)
(plural present participles)
In English, a present participle adds the suffix -ing to a verb. You can precede a participle with a form of the verb to be to make what we call the "progressive tenses" of a verb. When a participle functions as a noun, we call it a gerund. A participle may also function as an adjective, especially in attributive use. It can evolve to become either a true noun or a true adjective, or both, with a shift in meaning, sometimes substantial. To see examples, look for words ending in "-ing" in Category:English adjectives and Category:English nouns.
- attributive form of present participle, noun.