Present Participle – Le participe présent

The present participle is formed as follows:

  • take the nous form of the present tense of the given verb
  • drop the nous and the –ons
  • add –ant instead
    1. Je voyage en travaillant. -- I travel while I’m working.
    2. Il ne mange plus en lisant le journal. -- He doesn’t eat and read his paper at the same time anymore.
    3. Parler au portable tout en conduisant, c’est dangereux. -- Speaking on the cell phone while driving is dangerous.
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