Posted by Annabella on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 3:18pm.
It can either be a verb or an adjective, depending upon how it's used.
Verb: The teacher was enlightening the students about problems of slavery.
Adjective: The priest gave an enlightening sermon last Sunday.
Also it can be a gerund....verb used as a noun. Enlightening the students is the task of a good school.
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