When a verb ends in -ing, it may be a gerund or a present participle. It is important to understand that they are not the same.
When we use a verb in -ing form more like a noun, it is usually a gerund:
- Bowling is fun. (Verbal noun - gerund)
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When we use a verb in -ing form more like a verb or an adjective, it is usually a present participle:
- Juani is bowling. (is bowling is the present participle)
- I have a boring teacher. (boring is the adjective)
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