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?
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)
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).– MitchDec 22, 2011 at 15:00
Sure. The determiner isn't relevant. I suppose I shouldn't have given contrasting determiners in the example. Dec 22, 2011 at 16:59
For one, measurement is a noun, measuring is a gerund.
"the measurement has stopped" refers to the process called measurement.
"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.
The verb measuring simply takes a direct object. The noun measurement and the gerundial noun measuring take PP complements headed by of.