I have always been wondering if one of these forms is more correct in formal writing: The verb-ing + noun form and the noun + verb-ing form.
- Making music is a skill anyone can learn.
- Music making is a skill anyone can learn.
- Hunting whales should be banned in our country.
- Whale hunting should be banned in our country.
They seem to have slightly different meanings to me, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Is there a preference for one over the other in certain situations?