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German uses the present participle very scarcely compared to English. The only thing it is used for on a regular basis is as an adjective or an adverb. Der bellende Hund nervt mich. Der Hund kam auf mich zu, bellend, geifernd, die Zähne bleckend. For all other uses of the English present participle (or gerund for that matter), my advice is to ...

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