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In the sentence below, is "spreading" a participle modifying the object of the preposition, "disease"?

The operation was made even more difficult by the presence of the spreading disease in the Canal Zone.
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GrammarGirlIn the sentence below, is "spreading" a participle modifying the object of the preposition, "disease"?

The operation was made even more difficult by the presence of the spreading disease in the Canal Zone.

Yes. the spreading disease -- which disease? -- the disease that was spreading
spreading is, more specifically, a present participle.
CJ
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