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Questions tagged [gerund-phrases]

A ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ-ᴘʜʀᴀꜱᴇ is a non-finite verb clause headed by an -ɪɴɢ verb when that entire clause is being used as a substantive, typically by being the grammatical subject or object. Though one of the 4 possible types of ɴᴏᴜɴ ᴘʜʀᴀꜱᴇꜱ, its ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ syntactic head is still a verb, not a noun.

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At one time operating vs At one time it operated

Since "at one time" is a time indicator, shouldn't the gerund "operating" be equivalent, while giving a better flow joining sentences? Or is it more confusing/improper? Preceding text of the same ...
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“With my/their/our V-ing…” as supplement to main clause

Here are some news article examples containing 'with my/their etc. being...' as supplement to a main clause: (1) Since the opposing counsel would be the U.S. Department of Justice, and with my ...
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“I found it a strain having to concentrate for so long.” Why does this sentence use 'having'?

I read below sentence. I found it a strain having to concentrate for so long. I guess this sentence means 'I got pressure that I can't give all my attention for long hours'. My question is why ...
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For the linguists among us: I like loud singing vs I like singing loudly

Can you explain why using "loud" as either an adjective or an adverb changes the meaning of the sentence. Is it just an English convention, or is there something deeper going on? I like loud singing =...
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Does a ver­bal noun turn back into a verb when mod­ified by an ad­verb? [duplicate]

Here singing is a noun: I like singing. But what about here? I like singing loudly. Loudly is still an ad­verb, right? But singing is still be­hav­ing like a noun, right? So which is it, a noun ...
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possessive + gerund without pronoun

I think I understand the possessive + gerund construct but in some cases I'm still finding it difficult to get it sound right in my head. I think this mostly has to do with the subject's being a noun/...
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How is “swimming” being used grammatically in “I saw them swimming in the lake”?

Consider this sentence: I saw them swimming in the lake. How is "swimming" used in the sentence? Is it a gerund or verb or anything else and how is it connected to the sentence? I am mostly aware ...
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What’s the un­der­ly­ing gram­mar be­hind start­ing off a ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ clause with an ᴏʙ­ᴊᴇᴄᴛ pro­noun?

Yes­ter­day I en­coun­tered this sen­tence (I’ll re­fer to the num­bered words in my ques­tion be­low): This is be­cause many stu­dents think that all of their sen­tences need to be ‘com­plex’ (...
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(Noun) being (noun) verb … AND With (noun) being (noun), …?

First time poster here. Please forgive me for violating any rules if I have. I might also be asking a stupid question. So... I have heard 'being' used in different situations and naturely pick up ...
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Which are right choices in: “Can you imagine him/his forgetting his own birthday?”

Which one of the following is correct? Can you imagine his forgetting his own birthday? Can you imagine him forgetting his own birthday? The question was asked in SNAP 2009 and I can't understand ...
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When and why can you omit “when” (or other conjunctions or prepositions) before a gerund clause that’s used adverbially?

I had a bad experience working there. Is that sentence correct, or must I write: I had a bad experience when working there. I had a bad experience while working there. or even: ...
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English Poetry Question [closed]

Is talking a gerund in this sentence? We hear people talking of your son’s birth. I just need to know for my English poetry assignment.
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Gerund, participle, or present continuous verb

In the following sentence, I did quite well in the examination, without having to burn the midnight oil. What is "having" -- a gerund, a participle, or just a present continuous verb? I tried Wren &...
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Should “gerund + objective” be modified by adjectives or adverbs?

I read from TheFreeDictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Gerunds.htm the examples "Studying too hastily will result in a poor grade." and "Working from home allows me to spend more time with my ...
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“I have you returning the car.”

Context: Top Notch 2 Conversation: Agent: I have you returning the car on August 14th here at the airport. Renter: Yes. That's correct. I am puzzled by this sentence in a conversation ...
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“I hate Jill singing those songs.” = “I hate Jill when she is singing those songs.”?

Can the sentence I hate Jill singing those songs. mean I hate Jill when she is singing those songs. Or does it mean something else?
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'Your understanding my sense of humour…' vs 'Your understanding OF my sense of humour…' [duplicate]

Are both of the above phrases correct or only the latter? For example, if saying, 'Your understanding (of) my sense of humour was the only thing that made the dinner enjoyable'. Is the 'of' ...
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Finish reading or finish of read. Why we use gerund forms as infinitives verbs?

I see that some words in English are expressed in gerund, with the meaning corresponding to the infinitive, and used as infinitive verbs. Could someone please explain to me, why does this happen? I'm ...
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Question on gerunds/verbs [closed]

I realise this is probably a somewhat confusing question, which really has two distinct parts, but I thought of them in relation to one another so... Firstly, with the phrase 'Having done that was a ...
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When do I say “I have seen people do it” and not “I have seen people doing it”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between I have seen people do it and I have seen people doing it?
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Which form of “ridiculous/ridiculously” is correct in this sentence, and why?

This is the sentence in question: Never would he wish to injure the feelings of his schoolmate of so long ago, no matter how ridiculous/ridiculously he was acting, or how strange his beliefs. The ...
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Is the -ing a participle in the sentence?

I came across a sentence like this: The president of the World Bank says he has a passion for China, which he remembers starting as early as his childhood. I am not sure how to understand the ...
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Grammatical correctness of the following sentence

I came across this sentence while preparing for the IELTS writing exam: There are a number of causes of people not doing physical activities. That causes of should be followed by a noun or gerund. ...
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Can I use “has” after being a noun? [closed]

I have a question about verb agreement. Can I use "has" after [being + noun]? For example, is has the correct form of the verb in the following sentence? Being a celebrity has both some ...
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What’s the difference between “the using of this machine” and “using my neighbour’s wifi”?

Please consider these two different sentences*: I am aware of the using of this machine. I am accused of using my neighbour’s wifi. Why do we use the article the before the using in the first ...
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Is the structure “restart + -ing” correct?

The expression to start doing something is quite common. E.g., I started reading the book last week. However, I could not find a similar structure using restart instead of start. I.e., assuming I ...
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Parallelism between gerunds and common nouns

Is this sentence parallel even though the noun "being honest" is a gerund and the noun "deception" is not? "Living a life of being honest to yourself is better than living a life of deception.
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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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Controversy over subject-verb agreement in this sentence

The sentence Women driving cars is, of course, such a foreign sight to a society like Saudi Arabia The subject is not "women" (otherwise, the verb would have been 'are'); the subject, as I mean ...
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“He had me do this” vs “He had me doing this” vs “He had my doing this”

I know this example sounds awkward, but it’s obviously grammatically incorrect to say "me being here" in sentences like this one: He said me being here was wonderful. That instance of me being ...
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the reason for me + (gerund) / (infinitve)

The reason to go abroad is to study. The reason for me going abroad is to study. These two examples sound correct to me.it popped into my mind that if the following expression would be correct. ...
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In what case should the subject of a gerund phrase be?

When given the following problem: A) Bill took the money. B) That shows his character. Turn clause A into a nominal clause or phrase and make it the subject of b. I came up with three grammatical ...
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Using gerund: “applying” or “on applying”?

In a mathematical paper my co-author wrote: "On applying s to the coefficients of the polynomials defining our variety X, we obtain a new variety sX". The anonymous referee suggested a correction: "...
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“Before/ while/ after ordering a taxi…” are these identical constructions?

"Before ordering a taxi...", and "After ordering a taxi..."; the noun-verb follows a preposition and is a gerund. "Waiting for a taxi, patience is needed." Or "Waiting for a taxi, I dropped my wallet,...
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is it gerund or participle?

Seeing the tiger, the man ran away. I'd like to know whether 'seeing' is gerund or participle? may be explained.
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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What is the word for a past-tense verb used like a gerund?

In a comment on this answer to a similar question, the user Kris identifies the concept of "a member of a class to which gerunds belong but itself [is] not a gerund." Is there a word for such a thing? ...
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Correctness of “of my sending the picture” [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? I don’t think Linda would have approved of my sending the picture; but I did it anyway. Specifically, is of my sending the picture correct?
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What are the grammatical phrases in this sentence?

I'm analyzing this sentence and scanning it for prepositional, appositive and verbal phrases. In the sentence so far as I can tell there is only one prepositional and no appositive and no verbals (...
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Storing the data vs Storing of the data

I would like to know if both are correct (if so, in what context and why): Storing the data is important. Storing of the data was implemented using ABC. I do not know where the "of" preposition ...
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Should I modify a gerund using an adjective or an adverb?

I know that a gerund is a noun, so it should be modified by an adjective. However, it is also a verb form. Can I modify it by using an adverb?
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Making adult decisions “is” or “are” really not fun: Which is correct?

Making adult decisions are/is really not fun. What is the proper answer and why? My gut says "is" but I can't explain why.