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Can we have two "ing" form in this way: "I'm thinking of settling down at 25" if so, is this the correct sentence break down I-subject, am-auxiliary verb, thinking- progressive verb, of-proposition, settling-gerund....thanks

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    No, it's not a noun but a 100% verb. It clearly denotes an action. – BillJ Dec 19 '17 at 14:56
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    Yes, they most certainly are. "Settling down" is an idiom consisting of verb + preposition. – BillJ Dec 19 '17 at 15:11
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    Yes, both of the verbs are verbs. But they're each part of a different construction. The progressive construction requires a specific auxiliary verb, whereas the gerund construction has a great deal of latitude for omitting or inflecting subjects and doesn't use auxiliary verbs at all. As for both together, it's not ungrammatical, but it does exemplify a mysterious constraint in English discussed here. – John Lawler Dec 19 '17 at 16:07
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    @EdwinAshworth Yes, I agree. Asking whether a particular word is a verb or noun, for example, is the wrong question. Nor was talk of ‘gerunds’ in English ever a good idea. We should concentrate on the job a word or phrase is doing. The trouble is that that this may make life quite hard for learners of English and for the writers of text books for them. What had made it even harder is that you can no longer say that a given word is based on a verb or verb or noun stem is basically a verb or noun. We are free to use nouns (like ‘access’) as transitive verbs or verbs (like ‘swim’) as nouns. – Tuffy Dec 20 '17 at 9:58
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    Whether a word is a noun or a verb depends on its behaviour in the clause. We can test for verb vs noun status by looking at such things as complementation and modification, the presence of determiners and plural inflection. – BillJ Dec 20 '17 at 10:23

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