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If "noisily" is an adverb in the following sentence, what is "mooing"?

The cows entered the barn mooing noisily.

  • Grammar - ,

    "Mooing" is a present participle. See the -ing ending? Whenever you see one of those and there's no helping verb there to make it a complete verb, then the verbal is a present participle, serving as an adjective. So ... what noun is "mooing" describing?

  • Grammar - ,

    The word, "mooing," is a participle, modifying the noun "cows." Participles are verb forms used as adjectives.

    For more information about participles, check this site.

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/627/02

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