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I saw him sitting on the bench.

Is sitting being used as an adjective?
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Jackson6612I saw him sitting on the bench.

Is sitting being used as an adjective?
It is used as a verb.
YongLiat, I think you mean the word 'sitting' is a verbal noun (gerund), right? It's a noun that describes the verb 'sit'.

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/gerund.htm =>Gerunds function as nouns
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New2grammarYongLiat, I think you mean the word 'sitting' is a verbal noun (gerund), right? It's a noun that describes the verb 'sit'.

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/gerund.htm =>Gerunds function as nouns
No, 'sitting' is a verb here. It is a participle.
Umm, that's confusing...
If you sit on a bench, then are you sat on a bench or are you sitting on a bench?
And if I'm sitting on a bench, am I about to sit down (present continuous) or am I already sat/sitting on the bench?

I saw him sitting on the bench.
I believe the avove sentence is not to be interpreted the same as "I saw him entering the building".

Now I'm confused...
I'm quoting from Essential English Grammar.
The words in bold are gerunds or verbal nouns, i.e. verbs used as nouns.
Running is a good way to keep fit.
Susan is good at drawing.
I don't like watching television.
Sometimes it is difficult to know whether an ing word is a gerund or a present participle.
If you can replace the ing word or its phrase with the pronoun 'it', then the word is a gerund. Look again at the above sentences and replace the words in bold with 'it'.

I saw him sitting on the bench. We cannot say 'I saw him it.'
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Hi Yoong,
yeah, of course that's not a gerund, but does that present participle act as ad adjective or as a part of a present continuous?

I saw him entering the building. ---> I saw him. He was entering the building. (present continuous, ongoing action)
I saw him sitting on a bench. ------> I saw him. He was sitting on a bench. (present continous??? I saw him while he was in the process of sitting down???)

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KooyeenHi Yoong,
yeah, of course that's not a gerund, but does that present participle act as ad adjective or as a part of a present continuous?

I saw him entering the building. ---> I saw him. He was entering the building. (present continuous, ongoing action)
I saw him sitting on a bench. ------> I saw him. He was sitting on a bench. (present continous??? I saw him while he was in the process of sitting down???)
All present partiples end in ing.
I'm quoting from the same book.
A present participle is a form of a verb that you can use to make the present continuous tense. So you're right about the tense used in the sentence quoted.
Some gerunds can be used in front of other nouns, like adjectives. Again you're right on this point.
a washing machine = a machine that does washing
walking boots = boots that you wear for walking in the countryside
Yoong Liat
New2grammar
YongLiat, I think you mean the word 'sitting' is a verbal noun (gerund), right? It's a noun that describes the verb 'sit'.

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/gerund.htm =>Gerunds function as nouns

No, 'sitting' is a verb here. It is a participle.
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Reason:

A: I saw John.

B: What is he doing?

A: John was fixing his car. - Fixing is used as a verb in the present contineous form.

If I say "I saw John fixing his car"- In this context, "saw" is the main verb in past tense and "fixing" is a present participle describing what John is doing, not a gerund.

Fixing car is John's hobby- In this context, "fixing" is a gerund.
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