is playing a banjo.
with an "ing" verb MUST have a helping verb like "is". Think
about the "ing" on the end of "playing" as a tick! Imagine
that the helping verb is the doctor. (Of course, if you
have a tick, you NEED a doctor!) If you pinch the tick out
of your sentence, you no longer need the doctor and your
sentence is simpler, more direct.
play a banjo??? That doesn't sound
when you remove the tick, it leaves a sore and needs salve!
plays a banjo.
editing this kind of sentence.
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