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I'm a bit astonished about the long discussions in the post How can I prove a word is a noun? I admit that there a certain problems, especially with gerunds. Smoking cigarettes is unhealty. In this example, containing a gerund with an object, it is indeed a bit difficult to say to which word class "smoking" belongs. Is it a noun or a verb? ...
A gerund after "promise"? Sure; no problem. "He promised cleaning the fish would be easy."
I have checked two dictionaries and can't find that "to promise" can mean to suggest. "to promise to do" is the typical construction when "to promise" is followed by a verb. What language competence has the person who said "to promise can also be followed by a gerund in the meaning of to suggest"? Added: I've just had a look at BNC, 50 random examples with ...
You don't need a plural gerund here. A singular form is more idiomatic: There will be many falls, but serious injuries are rare, and picking oneself up is easy. Notice the reflexive pronoun is required because pick up is a transitive verb. However, some sense of resuming a standing position seems better, since that is what a person does after they ...
There seem to be relatively many 'settings up' around the net. Below, I'm including a shot from A treatise on the mistreatment of cholera morbus by W.S.Prior (digitalized by Google), 1832, p.25, which has 'gettings up'. I give a longer passage, not because of its relevance to the question, but because of its relevance in general. An ngram search hints ...
The unreduced form of the temporal clause is "The plant dies after it is exposed." Your example A is the reduced form: "The plant dies after being exposed." Your example B is ungrammatical. I don't see any difference in meaning or in formality between the unreduced and reduced forms.
I don't know about "correct", but they're grammatical. They're called accusative-ing or ACC-ing complements (by analogy to possessive-ing or POSS-ing complements, with which they seem to alternate).
Based on my research Verbs following by both Gerund or Infinitives: Advise Allow Encourage Permit Require Urge. Verbs following by both Gerund or Infinitives (with different meanings): Begin Dread Forget Keep Need Regret Remember Start Stop Try Verbs following by both Gerund or Infinitives ...
First, there is no gerund involved here. 2nd version can be or is used in 'spoken' version. It cannot be used in a written form/version.
Either is correct. Committed, while always taking the preposition "to" may be followed by either an infinitive form or the gerund (-ing) form. http://www.englishgrammar.org/verbs-gerunds-infinitives/
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