I watched him go off the first morning with the older girl next door, seeing clearly that an era of my life was ended, my sweet-voiced nursery school tot replaced by long-trousered, swaggering character who forgot to stop at the corner and wave good-bye to me.......

I took this text from Shirley Jackson's story (Charles). My question is why she used Swaggering not Swaggered ???

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The correct is Swaggered, because to say a characteristic of people, You have to use ed. But if you wanna say a characteristic of place, you have to use ing.

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