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This subject has been already discussed. In order to better understand the difference, let's look at each of their definitions separately. Gerund: the -ing form of a verb when functioning as a noun, as "writing" in "Writing is easy." Present participle: a participle form, having the suffix -ing, denoting repetition or duration of an activity or event: used ...


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There is no appreciable difference in meaning. However, your first example The pot broke as I kicked it. is clearer, and a more common phrasing. Your second one The pot was broken as I kicked it. is slightly ambiguous, for three possible reasons: 1) "was broken" can be read as passive, yet the sentence says that you (actively) kicked it. 2) ...


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The first one is better, but neither is correct because you have moved from plural to singular. Observe: "People being mocked or teased may .... which can result in stress to him" You need to change the latter word in bold to a plural. Like so: "People being mocked or teased may .... which can result in stress to themselves"


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First one is better, but neither is incorrect. Consider also: When mocked or teased, people may . . . . (edit) Charon is correct about "to him" being wrong. I might suggest changing "result in stress to him." to "cause themselves stress." Oh, and there really should be a comma after "feelings".



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