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The idea of what you're trying to say is a little unclear. However, if you mean to talk about how he used to (past tense) pause to drink beer, here's a good approach: He used to pause so he could take a drink of his beer, and then he would continue his talk. I emphasize would because it is what further clarifies the past tense of this sentence. If he ...


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A verb plus -ing form used in a nominalized sentence is a gerund. It's a verb. A nominalized sentence is a sentence given a form that lets it occupy the position of a NP, e.g. subject, direct object, object of a preposition. So, yes, subject position is okay. A gerund is not a noun. It's a verb which, like other verbs, can take a direct object (provided ...


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In the first sentence, understanding is a verb, used in its most common sense. In the second one it's a mass noun. (OED) In this sense of the noun understanding, of would be required. Just like it would be in my grasp/comprehension/love/hate of physics... For future reference, in cases where replacing understanding with to understand doesn't make any sense ...



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