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I wonder how often stative verbs are used as gerunds if they function as Object (verb + doing ; verb + preposition + doing) in sentences. Are there any style and register preferences?

  • It would be good if you could give us a few examples of what you are referring to here. – Shoe Feb 21 at 11:12
  • He is always boasting about having two children. She regrets having two dogs. He remembers knowing two words in French – user337139 Feb 21 at 11:31
  • Verbs cannot function as objects; only noun phrases can. In "He is always boasting about having two children", "having" heads a clause functioning as complement of "about". In "She regrets having two dogs", "having" heads a clause functioning as complement of "regrets", and in "He remembers knowing two words in French", "knowing" heads a clause functioning as complement of "remembers". – BillJ Feb 21 at 13:31
  • I don't think so. 'Having two children/ dogs or knowing 2 words in French' are the gerund clauses. In sentences 'He remembers....or He regrets...." - the gerund clauses are the object of the verbs 'remember', regret'. In "He is always boasting about having 2 children" the gerund clause is the prepositional Object – user337139 Feb 21 at 15:37
  • We can say :I love knowing that..... But what about other verbs after which we use gerunds (formed from stative verbs)? Is it better to replace gerund with subordinate clauses if we want to use 'have ', know' , 'understand' and other stative verbs? – user337139 Feb 21 at 15:43

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