Lesson 18 – Verb + -ing

Lesson 18 – Verb + -ing

Lesson 18 – Verb + -ing

Lesson 18 - Verb + -ing

The basic form of the verbs when added with the suffix –ing forms the present participle, adjective, and gerund. The usage of each form is detailed in respective the lesson sections:

  1. The Verb + -ing used as the Present Participle
  2. The verb + –ing used as an Adjective
  3. The verb + –ing used as a Gerund

The three verb + –ing forms with example sentences:

Present participle: Adam is writing to the President.

Adjective: They managed to save the drowning child.

Gerund: Everyone in the family including the grandfather likes cooking.

What is a verb?


bs are the action words in a sentence that describe what the subject is doing. Along with nouns, verbs are the main part of a sentence or phrase, telling a story about what is taking place. In fact, without a verb, full thoughts can’t be properly conveyed, and even the simplest sentences, such as Maria sings, have one. Actually, a verb can be a sentence by itself, with the subject, in most case you, implied, such as, Sing! and Drive!

When learning the rules of grammar, schoolchildren are often taught that verbs are ‘doing’ words, meaning they signify the part of the sentence which explains the action taking place: He ran away, she eats chocolate cake on Sundays, the horses gallop across the fields. Ran, eats and gallop are the ‘action’ parts of those sentences, thus they are the verbs. However, it can be confusing because not all verbs are easily identifiable as action: I know your name, Jack thought about it, we considered several applications. These are non-action verbs, i.e. those that describe a state of being, emotion, possession, sense or opinion. Other non-action verbs include include love, agree, feel, am, and have.