A noun formed from a verb by the addition of -ing.

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Advantage/Disadvantage to + -ing form

Reading an essay I found the following sentence: On the other hand, there are definitely disadvantages to being at home while your parents are away. Does to work as a combination with ...
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Which word order is preferred: noun followed by gerund

I focus on this topic but I can't still understand. I don't know how to decide which one I should use. Please explain differences between "collecting coins" and "Coin-collecting." I know the first one ...
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“in processing customer orders” or “in the processing of customer orders”?

Most of the time I see people use a gerund this way: The storm caused delays in processing customer orders. However, sometimes I see something like this too: The storm caused delays in the ...
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The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial

The title is a usage example from Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary... broadcast [noun, noncount] the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something My ...
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How to modify gerunds when they are objects? [migrated]

A question about gerunds really confuses me: Is it true when gerunds are objects, we can't make them work as nouns? For example, we can't say: "I really enjoy free swimming!" or "My ...
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To (preposition) + Gerund

He agrees to doing/do her work because she helped him earlier. I agree to go/going there. I agreed to leaving/leave home earlier. In my opinion, gerunds shall be used after "to (preposition)" in the ...
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People can agree to doing this work

Is it correct to say "people can agree to doing this work"? I have always seen people saying "people can agree to do this work", I don't know if this sentence is correct because I think that to is a ...
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Possessive-gerund/ sentence structure

Here's an alternative/clearer version of my original question: Consider the following sentence: Instead of his being stationed on a plank, I want him on a pedestal. This shows the possessive ...
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Which one is correct? “another way of looking at” or “another way to look at”? [migrated]

Which one is correct? "another way of looking at" or "another way to look at"? The result of a quick google search was that "another way to look at" is more common, however "another way of looking at"...
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Telling present participles and gerunds apart

"I have started swimming." This could mean I have just started moving my arms. Or it could mean that I have enrolled in swimming classes. To my mind one interpretation is a present participle and the ...
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“It's hard to find a good path to taking this mission on”. Why “taking”

So the sentience is "It's hard to find a good path to taking this mission on", I wonder why it is "to taking it on" not "to take it on", is "taking" using as a gerund? Can I say "It's hard to find a ...
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Distinguishing between gerund and participles

I've learned so far that Gerund can be used in 6 cases: Subject, Object, Subject complement, Object complement, Object of preposition and Object of possessive. Participles are used as adjective such ...
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If I have a list after a single gerund, do I use “is” or “are”?

Below is my sentence. I'm pretty sure the word "knowing" is a gerund, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I assumed that the only subject is "knowing" and that the linking verb should be "is", but ...
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Two gerunds with “requires” or “facilitates”

I have a student who is trying to write a scientific paper - her text is littered with a particular sentence construction that I find very awkward to read, but I'm not sure how to describe it to her ...
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Chinese character “denoting” or “used to denote” black color?

How to say the following phrase correctly: a Chinese character denoting OR used to denote black colour? Context Furthermore, due to the etymological analysis of a Chinese character denoting black ...
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THE taking the bull by the horns

There is "taking the bull by the horns" and "the taking of the bull by the horns" is not incorrect. But may there be "the taking the bull by the horns"? That is to ask, does the direct object the bull ...
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When double “l” is considered American English?

I'm struggling with "enroll" and "enrollment". Both answers (this one and this one), given to this question, as well as Wikipedia seems to be suggesting, that double "l" is more common in British ...
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-ing verbs after comma

I need to know if the usage of the gerund form in the following sentence is correct: The relations between the countries cold due to the piercing statements by the President in 2007, criticizing the ...
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When to use a gerund or an infinitive after “is”?

How does one know when to use a gerund or an infinitive? states a 90% rule, but I'm more interested in the remaining 10%. This British Council page states Sorry, there isn’t a rule. You have to ...
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Another question about gerund vs infinitive

I'm little confused in rules about gerund. Which phrase is correct and why? If all of them are correct - what's the difference? A good way to keep in touch with old friends is using social networks....
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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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Why is “attention payment” incorrect?

I have been wondering why some people think that "attention payment" is an accepted phrase. The argument is that you "pay attention", therefore you can learn "attention payment". This sounds incorrect,...
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Gerund and Participles

I need your expert skills to solve this confusion regarding the use of gerund and participles. Here is the sentence Standing in the shallow end, he would practice his arm movements. I want to know ...
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Does the word ‘not’ modify verbs beforehand or afterward?

I have had some trouble recently with the word not, and people being confused by my use of it. I suppose I made some incorrect logical connection with it. A friend and I were discussing the placement ...
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Double Consonants in Gerund

Is there any rules regarding gerund that tell when to double the consonant of a word and when not to? I'm a little bit confused regarding this matter. Based on this link there are words that can be ...
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Adverbial clauses or Gerunds! Which one is this?

In my King James Bible, I have found some words which look like Gerunds but they really are not, or at least they don't make sense when they get turned into nouns. Take a look at these examples: ...
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When to use the gerund form of a verb after “to”?

I would like to understand when to use the gerund form of a verb after "to." I had in my mind that every verb used after "to" was in its infinitive form, like for example: It is hard to play the ...
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'lead to someone doing something' OR 'lead to someone's doing something'

Under the entry lead (v.), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th edition) lists: lead to someone doing something example: His actions could lead to him losing his job. However, ...
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Is the gerund correct with “whether”? [closed]

After pressing it shows a message box asking whether the user wants to take a picture with the device, or better attaching a picture from the device's gallery. I am not sure about the gerund or what ...
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Use of -ing in certain sentences [closed]

The following sentence is very common in employment and reply letters: I look forward to hearing from you soon. I wonder why "to hear" must not/cannot be used instead. What's the rule behind the ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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Gerund before prepositions [closed]

I read a sentence like this Negotiating for dummies I know that a gerund is after a preposition, so why in this sentence a gerund "Negotiating" is before a preposition "for" Thanks for reading
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Parallelism in a sentence regarding transitive verbs, gerunds, and objects

I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right: Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next. The first two are just options for actions on the ...
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Gerund (help doing/help in doing)

I know that in this sentence we should use ing form (this sentence is an example from test with given answer), but according to dictionaries we should use help in doing something, so why we ommit the ...
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“I understand him going back there” [duplicate]

I heard a sportscaster say this. Since gerunds are preceded by possessive pronouns, this would have to be a present participle. (him, who is going back). I do think, however, that the gerund (his ...
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Infinitive instead of gerund, specifically after 'require' [duplicate]

I use Grammarly Chrome extension to validate my texts in English. And with some sentences I keep seeing the error message "Infinitive instead of gerund". I'm not sure if this is an appropriate error ...
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Difference between using a gerund and using to + verb root

As an objective (or subjective). "Being a teacher" vs "to be a teacher". What is the difference between gerund and 'to' + verb root ? My dream is being a teacher. My dream is to be a teacher.
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Is the word “beginning” here a gerund or a present participle? [duplicate]

Is the word "beginning" here a gerund or a present participle, and why? On June 22, 1941, the armies of Nazi Germany crossed the Soviet border, beginning a war that would claim the lives of millions ...
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Gerund after “ways to”

I'm writing a paper with a colleague and we are unsure if the grammar in our title is correct. I'd like to go with this variant. Multiple Ways to Measuring Alertness My colleague asks if we ...
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Need help with formation of this title

I am going to write my bachelor paper about how I am going to extend CASE tool transformation of integrity constrains from logical model to physical schema. I am not sure if it is relevant, but my ...
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Is “programming” not a noun?

Recently, I was told that the word "programming" in the phrase "programming thoughts" is a verb in the gerund-participle form and that the term "gerund" by itself is obsolete in modern grammar. I was ...
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Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be?

Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be? An example sentence (from research regarding medical monitoring of vital signs): Continuous and automated monitoring is... ...
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Participial as adverbial?

''Solve the questions using what I have taught you.'' ''He showed up wearing a suit.'' ''It is doing a nice job covering up the broken chair.'' ''I broke the law getting you out of jail.'' ''You were ...
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Participle and gerund [duplicate]

Barking dogs seldom bite. Barking is a gerund or present participle? His rising early in the morning, helped him score well. His rising early in the morning -- is this a participle clause? Can ...
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Singular or plural verb with gerund + 3rd person? [duplicate]

Could you please comment the following phrases? Which one is correct (if any)? We believe that having such experience increases your credibility. We believe that having such experience ...
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Mass measuring vs Measuring mass

I have a table of Measuring Equipment, which is NOT in English. There is a column called Parameter Measured, where the following is specified: Refractive index measuring Mass Measuring Optical ...
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Subject Verb Possessive Gerund problem: “He had me do this” vs “He had my doing this”

I know this sounds awkward, but in sentences such as "He said me being here was wonderful," it's obviously grammatically incorrect to say "me being here." It should be "my being" because we need to ...
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Can I say “I am glad hearing from you” or it is wrong? [closed]

I am glad hearing from you. Is it correct? And does it have a real meaning or it doesn't?
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Nobody was surprised at John being absent (present participle or gerund?)

Some time ago I learned the difference between Present Participle and Gerund and today I decided to pass any online test to make sure I get it. So, I passed it having made the only mistake which is ...
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Indirect objects that answer the question “by whom”

Here is a sentence from Chapter Seventeen of Huckleberry Finn. The sentence appears in a grammar worksheet: When I got to the three log doorsteps I heard them unlocking and unbarring and ...