Can someone explain this grammar?

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Can someone explain this grammar?

Unread post by jw34 » 28 Feb 2020, 11:21

I’m thinking about how Constable must have felt when painting the Haywain.

This was a fill the gap exercise I gave my students. Both verbs had to be completed. Some students wrote:

I’m thinking about how Constable must have felt when he was painting the Haywain.

But some students omitted the 'he was'. This (latter) version sounds better to me but I can't work out what form painting is here.

Is it the Present Participle? Or a reduced form of the Past Continuous? I don't think it is the gerund.

Thanks.

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