addressed a crowd gathered / gathering

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Shooting Stars, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Shooting Stars Senior Member

    On Thursday 19 April, one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchs addressed a crowd gathered at a small sports stadium in southern Africa.(The cost of changing a country's name)
    "Gather" can be either transitive or intransitive when it means "come together". I was wondering if I can use both the present participle and the past participle to modify a noun. For example in the sentence mentioned above, can I use "gathering" instead of "gathered"?
    Thank you.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2018
  2. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    English - US
    Either would be grammatical in that sentence, but they don't mean the same thing. 'Gathered' is a past participle and 'gathering' is a present participle.
  3. Shooting Stars Senior Member

    Could you tell me what the difference between the two versions is?
  4. Tazzler Senior Member

    American English

    gathered- the crowd has already gathered by the time he begins to speak
    gathering- the crowd is in the process of gathering while he speaks

    Is that clear?
  5. Shooting Stars Senior Member

    I understand now. Thank you.

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