sorry for the vague title; I can't think of a clearer one.

You are listening to Friday Music World. Coming up next is a song sure to give you inspiration to heal the world: "Heal the World" by Michael Jackson.

See the second sentence in the paragraph above. And I can see two point of views:

1) The full sentence should be something like 'The song coming up next is~'. The subject is 'song', and 'coming' functions as adjective which modifies 'song'. Since the sentence is colloquial, 'The song' can be omitted because it's too obvious.

2) 'Coming' is a gerund, and it implies the meaning 'the next song' in this sentence. Therefore, 'coming' should be the subject here.

I think 1) is correct, but I am not sure about it. What is the right opinion? Thanks in advance.

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    I don't think it is a gerund in your example since it acts as a verb, not as a noun. – Lawrence Jun 5 at 13:42
  • @Lawrence Yes, I think 'coming' doesn't act as a noun here. But what do you mean about 'it acts as a verb'? What did you mean by 'it', and isn't the verb 'is'? – NumberTWO Jun 5 at 13:53
  • In "Coming up" - the word "coming" is the 'action' of song. Compare "He was singing" (singing acts as a verb) with "His singing was loud" (singing acts as a noun). You can test this by trying to form a plural from the word. "The comings and goings of ..." - coming and going are both gerunds. " (*) Comings up next ..." doesn't work - it is a simple verb. – Lawrence Jun 5 at 13:57
  • I think "is" is considered an auxiliary verb there; the main verb is "coming". – Lawrence Jun 5 at 14:03
  • In the sentence "The song (which is) coming up next is..." , coming is an elided form of verb in the relative clause. In the sentence " Coming up next is a song...", coming up next is a gerund phrase functioning as the subject. – mahmud koya Jun 5 at 14:25

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