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Present Participle Course Syllabus

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This is the page you’re on now, where you can see an in-depth explanation of what you’re going to study in this course.

We set out the key objectives for this course so you can identify what you need to learn. We provide a downloadable checklist that you can print out to check off the points as you go through the course.


Learn how to create the present participle for any verb in English by watching this video and learning the rules. You can download the slides used in this grammar video and we provide an interactive worksheet (with answers) that you can complete at the same time as watching the video to check your understanding.

This is a short presentation that provides real-life examples of the present participle being used by native English speakers. We have collected examples from the news, online search tools and in comic strips.

Test your understanding of the grammar of the present participle in this short quiz. You can take this quiz as many times as you want and review your answers with full explanations. Your marks will be added to our leaderboard, so you can easily compare your results to that of other course members.


Learn the correct pronunciation of the present participle ending ING by watching this pronunciation video. You can download the slides used in this pronunciation video as well as an interactive worksheet (and answers) that you can complete at the same time as watching the video so you can test your understanding.

This is a document with numerous example words that you can read out loud. All of these words target the pronunciation of the present participle. You can listen to audios of our native teachers reading these words correctly too, so you can read alongside the teacher or repeat once you’ve heard the audio. 


It’s really important that you can convert verbs into their present participle formation. Use these verb flashcards to test your ability to turn any verb into its present participle. We also provide an online tool as an alternative to printing.

You will learn in this course that the present participle is a formation that is used in many other grammar topics. By completing activities related to these other grammar topics you will automatically be practising your use of the present participle. We explain how you can use grammar resources from related topics to help you practise the present participle and point you towards our favourite online resources for these topics.

The present participle is a key part of the present continuous tense and we encourage you to practise using the present continuous tense (and the present participle) in our online forum called “what are you doing?”). Here, you can easily upload a picture and explain what you are doing in this picture in order to practise your present participle. You can comment on the pictures of our other course members and engage with them to practise using the present participle too. We will also provide any feedback and corrections to your comments related to the present participle.


Download our one-page summary of the topic to use for reference. 

After completing the course, you can review your achievements and analyse what you have learnt. 

Take a look at some additional resources we have published online to help you expand your knowledge of the English language.

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