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Sir, I am really confused with this sentence "Thank you for watching my youtube channel" please advise whether this action verb " watching" act as a gerund (it is happening now) or act as a past action. Please advise.

  • It's a verbal -ing form usage (the term 'gerund' is variously defined and best forgotten), and gives no clue about whether the viewing is in the past, present, future even [this a hopeful or cheeky usage], or any mixture. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 27 '19 at 15:47
  • It's a gerund. Gerunds have no tense, leaving us free to assume anything that makes sense about the time of the watching. – Greg Lee Oct 27 '19 at 17:42
  • @Greg Lee Ah; definition number 16 (or is it 13?) As per McCawley? – Edwin Ashworth Oct 27 '19 at 17:47
  • @EdwinAshworth, No, just a simple observation. Look -- there is no present or past there in the form. (I wasn't disagreeing with you.) – Greg Lee Oct 27 '19 at 17:55
  • @Greg Lee 'It's a gerund' is what I find unacceptable. I've come across various conflicting definitions. One includes all V ..... N ing-forms. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 27 '19 at 17:58
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The context tells the time.

we usually say thank you or sorry just after completion of an action.

Thank you for watching my you tube channel

since somebody has already watched the channel,you can say the above sentence.

I am sorry for taking your pen

You say sorry after taking the pen. so the time of the action is completed in the present( present perfect)

Both the sentences may be used in oral communication since the time of the action is implied and completed in the present moment.

I think watching and taking are present participles or simply ingforms.

Without the context we can not tell the time forwhich the sentences are used.

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