“I am riding my bike”... is riding a verb or present participle...?

2 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    "riding" is always the present participle of the verb "ride". It can be used as part of the verb phrase in the progressive, with the auxiliary "be", as it is in your sentence. It can also be used as an adjective, or as a noun, as in "Riding a horse can be fun."

    It's a matter of form and function- the form is always present participle, but the function in the sentence differs. The confusion is because we call both the form and the function 'verb'. 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Riding is a verb when it is used in this context.

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