For example, let us take the verb to create. It means "to make something". When we add the suffix -ion to this verb, we get the word creation, which means "the act of creating". What does the word creation (the act of creating) refer to? How is creation (the act of creating) different from creating?

Edit: Creation can mean "The action or process of creating". I want distinction between "creating" and "creation" based on this meaning of "creation".

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    The usual distinction is that creating refers to the act, whereas creation refers to the result of that act. As in My creating the world was hard work, but the creation turned out to be worth the effort. – oerkelens Jun 11 '18 at 12:00
  • Creation can also mean "The action or process of creating". I want distinction between "creating" and "creation" based on this meaning of "creation". @oerkelens – ahamshubham Jun 11 '18 at 12:10
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    @ahamshubham There is no clear difference in that sense. Whatever difference there is is too subtle too explain; it involves style and context which are hard to describe. – Oliver Mason Jun 11 '18 at 12:59
  • Possible duplicate of Using Nouns or Gerunds. There is another thread where the use of regular noun vs ing-form (where both are available) is addressed, and the statement that the regular noun usually focuses on the concept, product etc, whereas the ing-form usually focuses on the actual carrying out of the process involved, is stated. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 11 '18 at 23:07

The suffix -ion nominalises a verb. There are, of course, other ways to do that, as you rightly observe. Each way will have a subtly different meaning, which is sometimes hard to describe. Creation is more focused on the final product, creating describes the process (though creation can also be used in that way).


  • The creation of modern institutions accelerated progress.
  • The creating of modern institutions accelerated progress.
  • The sculpture is a creation by a great artist.
  • *The sculpture is a creating by a great artist.
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  • Are you claiming that all four are idiomatic? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 11 '18 at 23:02
  • @EdwinAshworth No. To begin with, the last one I would rate as not acceptable (indicated by the asterisk). The first and third one are fine, the second one sounds a bit dubious, but not quite wrong. – Oliver Mason Jun 12 '18 at 8:34

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