ING vs. ED

Difference Between ING and ED

Ing and the ed are two suffixes used in the English language with the different goals. Ing is the gerund when ed is the forming element or the termination indicating the past tense or imperfect tense.

There is much difference between the gerund indicating the present continuous tense or past continuous tense and time imperfect tense. It is important to know that ing is used to indicate or express an action that occurs at the time of talking. As for example in the sentences –

1. I am running.

2. Tony is talking to his friend.

In both sentences the forming element ‘ing’ expresses a continuous action that occurs when a person speaks or says something. Thus it is used in the present continuous tense.

Ing is sometimes used in the future tense also, as in sentences.

1. It will explain the issue at the meeting.

2. It will be named as the secretary.

In both the sentences given above, the element ing indicates a future action that will occur later.

The formative element or verbal termination ‘ed’ is used to express the past or an action that has already occurred as in the examples

1. He looked at her with sympathy.

2. She danced gently in the cultural program.

In both the sentences given above, the verbal termination ‘ed’ indicates a past action performed some time ago.

Sometimes the gerund ‘ing’ is used in the also as past continuous tense as in the sentences.

1. He was eating the food when I went to his house.

2. She was running into the yard in the morning.

In both the sentences above, the gerund ‘ing’ indicates an action that has already occurred at the time when the person who spoke was present in the same place or in a different place.


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