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What is this grammar rule

 
 
lqw529
 
Reply Sun 21 Apr, 2019 07:50 am
"The first snow had settled more than a month earlier, spreading over the fort grounds ..."
Why do I have to use "spreading", not "spread"? can someone pls explain? Thx!
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fresco
 
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Reply Sun 21 Apr, 2019 12:35 pm
@lqw529,
'Had settled' (= past perfect) ...a completed action..'the first snow'
prior to 'spreading' (= imperfect)... later snowing.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sun 21 Apr, 2019 02:55 pm
@lqw529,
You can use "spread."
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coa999
 
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Reply Sun 26 May, 2019 08:06 pm
@lqw529,
It's called a gerund. It's because it's an action.
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