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  • Hoping is the present-participle form of hope ("to wish for"). Hopping is the present-participle form of hop (like a bunny).

    Examples:

    • Jimmy left for school early the next morning, hoping to avoid Benny and his buddies.

    • Kolya was hopping along like a chicken trying to catch a worm.

    • Hoping that no one would recognize her, Lori went hopping across the stage like a kangaroo.

    Practice:

    (a) She saw him _____ along the pier.

    (b) She was _____ that he wouldn't trip.

    Answers to Practice Exercises

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