UNIT 8 Grammar:
What is micro-credit and how is it raising the status or women?
Notice that some adjectives in the unit reading ended with ''--ing". Students of English sometimes think that only verbs can end in --ing; however, some adjectives can as well.
Take a look at the sentences below. Notice how in the first sentence, the 'ing' word is used as a verb, but in the second sentence the 'ing' word is used as an adjective. Notice the different positions of the verb and the adjective in the sentence a and sentence b below:
Sentence a) The numbers of women benefiting from micro-credit programmes is increasing.
Sentence b) Increasing numbers of women are benefiting from micro-credit programmes.
Also, observe how sentence 'b' the information is presented more concisely.
Now click to do some practice, transforming sentences with 'ing verbs into 'ing adjectives.