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What is the difference between the nouns measurement and measuring? Can I say the measurement has stopped the same way I can say the measuring has stopped?

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Syntactically, you have different complements available. The verb measuring simply takes a direct object. The noun measurement and the gerundial noun measuring take PP complements headed by of. Thus you have:

Measuring the elephant was dangerous. (verb)

but:

The measuring of the elephant was fraught with danger. (gerundial noun)

The measurement of the elephant went surprisingly well. (noun)

  • One can also say 'Measuring the elephant...' (gerunds are more likely without the article). – Mitch Dec 22 '11 at 15:00
  • Sure. The determiner isn't relevant. I suppose I shouldn't have given contrasting determiners in the example. – Brett Reynolds Dec 22 '11 at 16:59
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For one, measurement is a noun, measuring is a gerund.

"the measurement has stopped" refers to the process called measurement.

whereas

"the measuring has stopped" refers to the action of measuring in a modified way, which is why that part of speech is called a gerund.

Both sentences convey the same meaning. However, one refers to an object and the other indirectly to an action.

  • Which version refers to an object? Aren't both involving an action? (just looking for a clrification) – Mitch Dec 22 '11 at 14:59
  • @Mitch: 'measurement' – Kris Dec 23 '11 at 7:52
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The verb measuring simply takes a direct object. The noun measurement and the gerundial noun measuring take PP complements headed by of.

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