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"Peering out of window, she looked at her cat"
How can the correct form of -ing participle be decided like in above case it should be past participle based on the main verb of the sentence.
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"Peering out of window, she looked at her cat"
How can the correct form of -ing participle be decided like in above case it should be past participle based on the main verb of the sentence.
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Here is my line of thought.

Two main points :

1.Peering is a VERBing modifier here and not a continuous tense Verb
2.I suppose the reason for your confusion is the past participle looked.

Now,lets understand what the sentence is trying to say.

When she was looking at the cat in the past, during that instant she was peering/looking out of the window.
Here the tense of Peering doesn't imply its in present tense and rather implies the modification.

Now lets understand the implication of VERBed here(past participle as meant)

Peered out of the window,she looked at her cat.

This sentence clearly becomes non-sensical.

Peered seems to modify the subject of the coming clause and that is SHE.
Does it make sense with the subject -Yes.
It seems as it acts as a VERB and not a VERBed modifier.

Also,

The sequence of verb is not clear.(peered and looked)

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"Peering out of window, she looked at her cat"
How can the correct form of -ing participle be decided like in above case it should be past participle based on the main verb of the sentence.
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The great thing about -ing modifiers, is that they automatically take the same tense as the main verb they're attached to. That means you don't have to change them! All three of these sentences are correct:

Peering out of the window, she looks at her cat.
Peering out of the window, she looked at her cat.
Peering out of the window, she will look at her cat.

Some of them are a little strange in terms of meaning, but they're all correct. And they all use the exact same -ing word, 'peering'. In the first one, 'peering' is happening in the present; in the second one, it's happening in the past; in the third one, it'll happen in the future. All you have to look at is the tense of the main verb.
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