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Dear teachers,

How can I use "singing" as an adjective in a sentence? I'm sorry but I can't give any example.Emotion: sad
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Well, singing is not an adjective; it's a verb, more specifically a present participle in this context. But you can use it in situations where it functions like an adjective, in which cases we call it a 'modifier':

"The singing nun". (attributive modifier of "nun")
"People singing out of tune drive me crazy" (clause with "singing" as head post-modifying "people")

BillJ
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'I was beaten into second place in a talent contest by a singing dog!'
(Sue Pollard)
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Rover_KE.'I was beaten into second place in a talent contest by a singing dog!'(Sue Pollard)
Teacher, is "singing dog" an idiom? What does it mean?
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What does beaten into mean here , does it mean the dog got second place?
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Jacob has a singing voice.
The man singing behind me is my uncle.
"Jacob has a singing voice." "Singing" is an adjective there, but idiom wants another one---"good singing voice" or "wonderful singing voice", etc. Everyone has a singing voice. "Singing voice" just happens to be a sort of two-word noun meaning "the quality of one's voice while singing," so we can't say a person's voice sounds like song that way (if that's what you meant).

"The man singing behind me is my uncle." I would say that that is not an adjective, it is a verb in an elliptical construction. I see the sentence as a shortened form of "The man [who is] singing behind me is my uncle," making "is singing" the verb in the dependent clause.
"Singing dog" is not a fixed expression. It means nothing more than a dog that sings. Of course, he doesn't do it very well.
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AnonymousWhat does beaten into mean here , does it mean the dog got second place?
No. The writer made a poor choice there. It happens to the best of us. Forget that sentence. I had to read it three times to be sure of what I was looking at. You can't be beaten into second place. I think she was tring to be clever but achieved the opposite effect. I think she meant that she was beaten in the contest by the dog, and she would have gotten first place if the dog had not won.
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