"Moving to an iphone from a normal phone is easy."

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

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  • Actually i am a little new to this setup thank you for helping me – user136298 Nov 13 '17 at 19:23
  • Your sentence is fine. The gerund-participial clause "Moving to an iphone from a normal phone" is the subject and "easy" functions as predicative complement of "be" in its ascriptive sense. – BillJ Nov 13 '17 at 19:32

ing form of verbs are present participle. The gerund looks exactly the same as a present participle, but it is useful to understand the difference between the two. The gerund always has the same function as a noun (although it looks like a verb). In the above example, moving is gerund.

Answer to your question is yes.

  • "Moving" is a verb. – BillJ Nov 13 '17 at 19:38
  • Gerunds are words that are formed with verbs but act as nouns. For example: – Umer Nov 13 '17 at 19:45
  • Swimming in the ocean has been Sharon’s passion since she was five years old. – Umer Nov 13 '17 at 19:46
  • The important point is that "moving" and "swimming" are verbs not nouns. They head their respective clauses – BillJ Nov 13 '17 at 19:49
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    It's important to grasp the difference between verbs and nouns. Just because "moving" and "swimming" are part of the subject (where nouns often occur) does not make them nouns - they are verbs. Don't call them nouns, okay? – BillJ Nov 13 '17 at 19:54

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