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A ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ is a type of verb, in particular an -ɪɴɢ verb that heads a non-finite verb clause when that entire clause is being used as a noun phrase, typically as the subject or object of a finite clause. Not to be confused with -ɪɴɢ words that are no longer verbs, like deverbal nouns or participial adjectives, a gerund accepts only verb modifiers and arguments, not those of nouns or adjectives.

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Is "The Shining" a title with a gerund, or a regular -ing noun? [duplicate]

Does using "the" or "a" in front of a gerund alter it somehow? "A painting," for example, is not a gerund, and if a book were titled "The Painting" it would not ...
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Confused about the rules for verb + infinitive

I'm doing a worksheet in which rules for verbs + infinitive or gerund have to be completed. And there is one rule I'm really not clear about. It says: "An infinitive is often used to answer the ...
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Difference between gerund and a present participle [duplicate]

I saw him dancing. In this sentence is dancing a present participle or a gerund?
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Use of the preposition "of" after "modelling"

Consider two sentences: Modelling of the dynamo proved to be resource-consuming. See an account of the latest developments in modelling of the dynamo elsewhere. Do I use "of" after "...
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"Employees, including young ones who profess to caring about DEI…" Why "caring"?

Employees, including young ones who profess to caring about DEI, may also put material concerns ahead of moral ones if the job market tightens. Why is caring used, instead of care or be caring? is ...
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Is the word shocking in this sentence being used as a gerund or present participle? And why? [duplicate]

Is the word shocking in this sentence being used as a gerund or present participle? And why? We heard shocking news. My daughter had recently taken an English test at a Korean middle school. The ...
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Can Gerunds be used to show result or purpose?

I was studying when I saw this and got curious to know if gerunds can be used to show results or purpose in this way -> "Packages are the same as a directory containing other sub-packages and ...
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What's the difference between a gerund acting as a noun, and an infinitive acting as a noun, as well? [duplicate]

I asked this question at the end of class, and the teacher told me: "They do not have the same meaning. A gerund represents any instance of an action, while an infinitive represents the concept ...
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Is the sentence "What I need to do is sweeping them off" grammatically correct?

I think "What I need to do is sweeping them off" should be What I need to do is (to) sweep them off" Can "sweeping" be allowed to be used? or grammatically wrong and never be ...
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benefitting patients with X/ benefits patients with X [duplicate]

I am struggling with analysing the sentence 'Y happens, benefitting patients with X'. I can see that 'Y benefits patients with X' uses the present tense simple form of the verb. But in the first ...
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succeed + gerund or infinitive

The below question was asked in national English exam in Turkey: Choose the best word or expression to fill the spaces in the passage. As Henry Hill, the actor Ray Liotta gives a complex portrayal of ...
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position of 'ever' with a perfect gerund

The adverb 'ever' usually comes in mid-position, that is before the verb, after the auxiliary – if there is one – and after the first auxiliary if there are more than one. (Practical English Usage, ...
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How do you sentence diagram a gerund when it does not act as the verb or the subject?

I am looking to diagram this quote from The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King: "They kept going because they were holding on to something. That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, ...
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is an apostrophe necessary for the gerund in this phrase? ('within 12 months of proceedings' commencing')

within 12 months of proceedings commencing. OR within 12 months of proceedings' commencing. It seems to me that commencing is a gerund (noun) which is 'owned by' the proceedings. As in, 'within 12 ...
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What's the correct answer to the question? changing or to change?

The following is a question from an English test. Which form is correct, changing or to change? Agriculture gave people their first experience of the power of technology _______ (change) lives.
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much less + (verb)ing (gerund) agreement/concord

Do I need to make sure the gerunds match in the following sentence: There is not much attention paid to really examining what constitutes this notion, much less scrutinizing the received criteria for ...
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Which verb form to use after "limits itself to"?

I am wondering about the correct verb form to use here: This article limits itself to consider... or This article limits itself to considering... For this example both sound dubious to me (...
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Is "Being rich and being famous" singular or plural? [duplicate]

Being rich and famous certainly has/have some advantages. Being rich and being famous certainly has/have some advantages. Being enormous and being made of rare materials is/are why this throne is so ...
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adjective vs adverb for a gerund

This sentence occurs in Wikipedia: The method of voting can range from formal submission of written votes, through show of hands, voice voting or audience response systems, to informal noting which ...
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Cease doing/to do [closed]

Could you say if cease can be used with both infinitives and gerunds. I first searched for some examples via Reverso Context, and there are examples with both gerunds and infinitives, so I want to ...
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Does consider change all verbs to gerund until the end of the sentence? [closed]

Take this sentence as an example: You may want to consider placing the money in a more conservative portfolio and move on with life. The expression "move on with life" is fine by itself, ...
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-ing word as modifier of a noun: Verb or attributive/deverbal Noun?

Note: I sat on this question for quite some time, but after wracking my brain on it for quite a while, I finally caved and decided to ask it as a question. When I say “dining room,” most people, I ...
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Can a gerund immediately follow a present participle? [duplicate]

For example: “Academic integrity violations include any action involving distributing course materials to others.” I understand “involving” to be a present participle, because it functions as an ...
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"Used to play" or "was used to playing"? [closed]

In the answer he says 'used to play' means I played something in the past but not anymore, yet 'was used to playing' means a habitual activity but had changed some way. For me, as a non-native English ...
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What is the difference between a "gerund" and a "true noun"? [duplicate]

Wiktionary shows this: -ing Used to form nouns or noun-like words (or elements of noun phrases) from verbs, denoting the act of doing something, an action, or the embodiment of an action. As true ...
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Possessive pronoun + gerund confusion

I am confused over whether the following sentence contains a gerund and, therefore, whether I can precede that gerund with a possessive pronoun: "I can't prevent your being offended." Is &...
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In the sentence "He doesn't like people telling him what to do" why is there a Gerund after people and not an infinitve?

Forgive me if this has already been answered. I've searched similar questions and only saw this The object of "I don't like people telling me what to do"? which doesn't answer my ...
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Gerund as a passive adjective [closed]

I have a question about using a gerund as an adjective for a noun. I think the right name is "Present-Participial Adjectives ". I want to refer to a "material" that is being "...
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Difference between "like to go ..." and "like going..."

Is there any difference in meaning or implication between the following sentences? I like to go to the beach when I'm on holiday. I like going to the beach when I'm on holiday. Some internet sites ...
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Use of ing versus which + verb

I cannot find a grammar rule telling me when I should use which/that+verb and when gerund in subordinate sentences. Practically, for instance, consider these two sentences: a) An approach that ...
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The difference in meaning between to infinitive and gerund in catenative structures

I saw some examples in a paper on gerund and infinitive as follows. ... deciding whether to use a gerund or an infinitive after a verb can be perplexing among students for whom English is a second ...
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What Verbs can Gerunds Follow?

Throughout my life, I have relied on intuition to ensure that my sentences are intelligible and grammatical. I like using gerunds because they can shorten sentences and avoid redundancy. Recently, ...
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Possessives with gerunds

When a phrase, such as “doing something” is used used as a noun, I understand it becomes a gerund phrase. When it includes a pronoun subject, the phrase becomes a clause, in which the pronoun ...
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Writing emails is difficult vs Writing emails are difficult [duplicate]

'Writing emails is difficult' vs 'Writing emails are difficult'. Which one is correct? And why?
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Don't worry about YOU being alone or YOUR being alone? [duplicate]

Can't stop wondering what the correct option is. Or are they both correct, and the latter just sounds more formal?
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In formal writing such as a reference, can an initial subject defining sentence imply the subject to several sentences thereafter? [closed]

I am writing a personal reference for a family member and trying to list several ways in which they have helped me without the sentence running on. I do not believe a colon would work in this case as ...
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"Ask questions of the past raised" or "Ask the past the questions raised"?

I read a following sentence: [Yet the stories they tell avoid any evolutionary model of progress, as well as any systematic critique. I want to outline, however rapidly, the history of the present ...
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What is this grammar formation called and how is it used ' to + verb + ing ' [duplicate]

A student gave me this example: ...doesn't have an objection in principle to using the Consulting Agreement dated... She wanted to know how to use this construction (to + verb + ing) and what it is ...
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What is the plural form of boxing (as in box/package)?

What is the plural form of the word "boxing"? In meaning box/package noun. Is "boxings" the correct form in that case? Perhaps it's not, because it's a gerund and not an exception. ...
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Go doing or Go to do something [closed]

Is there a difference between "I am going cycling." and "I am going to cycle." Assuming that I'm at home right now and I'm informing everyone here that I'm leaving the house to ...
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Interpretation of subjects of gerunds

A paper on the implicit subjects of gerunds that I'm currently reading says that the sentences (1a) and (2a) sound off because John, though semantically appropriate, cannot be the antecedent for the ...
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Passive structure with gerund [closed]

I was asked to convert the following active sentence into passive: I admit taking the money without permission from his mom. My first suggestion was: It is admitted that the money has been taken ...
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Participle or Gerund? [duplicate]

Is “ferrying” in the following passage a gerund or a present participle? In March 2016, Zipline, a U.S. startup partnered with the Rwandan government to launch the world’s first commercial drone ...
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He doesn't like me/my spending time with her [duplicate]

What should precede a gerund in a sentence ? A possessive pronoun or object pronoun. For eg:- He doesn't like me/my spending time with her. Which, out of me and my,is correct ?
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To help and gerund clauses

I've reached an impasse with my girlfriend (both non-native speakers) about this sentence she used: Maybe we didn't have enough of it for it to become routine again and help measuring time To me, ...
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How to analyze e.g., "The man had trouble finding shoes to fit"

In a sentence like "The man had trouble finding shoes to fit," how might "had trouble finding shoes to fit" be analyzed? Is this like a direct object ("trouble") and ...
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The difference between "need + infinitive" and "need + gerund"

What is the difference between "I don't need to learn." And "I don't need learning."? It is said that "need + gerund" is passive, meaning what "I don't need learning&...
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Confusion with pronouns proceeding gerunds

In The Stranger, we have the following passage. So we took our time getting back, him telling me how glad he was that he'd been able to give the woman what she deserved. I understand the meaning, ...
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Gerund and infinitive both possible after main verb “start” but not always? [duplicate]

What is going on here? It started to rain. It started raining. Both are OK to my ear when start is in the simple past. But then… It is starting to rain. (OK) It is starting raining (obviously wrong!) ...
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Is this a gerund phrase after hate?

"I hate not being able to control my temper." From my understanding, hate is one of those verbs that is followed by a gerund OR an infinitive. In this situation, is "being" a ...
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