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Questions tagged [gerunds]

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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You need your eyes testing

My question is about the regional acceptability of sentences such as the following: You need your eyes testing. I need my hair cutting. I want my car washing. The second example is given in the ...
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Possessive pronoun/object pronoun + Gerund

I have been thinking about this for quite a while and have done some research on it. What I have learned is that possessive pronoun+gerund is a structure that's more "formal", while object pronoun + ...
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To do or to doing?

'Do you agree to participate in rehearsal and research shows and interact with technical equipment'? I am wondering do I need to use 'interact with' or interacting with' here?
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Efforts on, in or towards?

Research efforts in understanding the underlying mechanism have been ramped up over the past few years. I came across this sentence in a published work and now I'm wondering if "efforts" shouldn't ...
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Gerund or other grammatical construction?

I am not able to figure out why there is a gerund in this sentence: My mother convinced me to sing, without me initially wanting to. Could someone explain why there is a gerund? Is it a some kind ...
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Does this sentence have three verbs?

"Just forget the egg for a minute, all right?" Harry hissed as Professor Flitwick went whizzing resignedly past them, landing on top of a large cabinet? Are the three verbs hissed, whizzing, and ...
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Double Gerund Agreement

Training and improving these skills yield/yields better decision-making and fewer mistakes during a game. training and improving - it should be 'yield' but 'yields' sounds better - can someone help ...
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Confusing use of “seeing” and “having”

I have two questions concerning 1. "seeing" and 2. "having." 1. Can "seeing" be used as a noun which might be modified by an adjective? Here's the example I am referring to: "Star Trek Into Darkness ...
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Who is the doer of a gerund?

For example in the following sentences, who is the doer and how can we be sure? Swimming is good for him. -- If I swim, is it good for him? Being elected president was a shock to him. Having read ...
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What is correct englisch? [closed]

Avid Outdoorsman who loves to fish and exploring nature. Avid Outdoorsman who loves to fish and explore nature. Avid Outdoorsman who loves fishing and exploring nature.
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What is this gerund construction called?

In English the constructing for plus a corresponding gerund is often used, usually to identify a motivation for the main action (it seems to be more prevalent in colloquial speech); e.g.: I thank ...
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Difference between the meaning of “noun which verb” and “noun verb ing”

For example: What is the difference between the meaning of "Health centers which conduct free medical check-ups..." and "Health centers conducting free medical check-ups..."? Thank you in advance.
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'eliminating, publicising, communicating, allocating': Are these words gerunds or participial adjectives?

Are these words gerunds or participial adjectives? Eliminating the secrecy surrounding pay by openly communicating everyone's remuneration, publicising performance bonuses and allocating annual ...
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Gerund + noun(s) equals noun(s) + noun(s)?

Today, when I was reading some meme on 9gag, I saw a phrase, and I tried rephrasing it in my head, but it went confusing and gave me this question in return :( The never spoken rules of using ...
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Gerund or infinitive and WHY

WHY is this sentence incorrect? "All that they can do is preparing as much as they can." I know it should be "All they can do is (to) prepare as much as they can." But, for the life of me I can't ...
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When can preposition 'of' be omitted?

Sentence One: The main image, which takes up the majority of the page, is of an artist's palette. Sentence Two: These aspects are of more interest to buyers. It seems that in sentence two, we can ...
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Can adjectives be placed before gerunds?

My question relates to the possibility of placing an adjective before a gerund if a sentence begins with the gerund. For example, I'd like to prepare a list of my skills for a CV like 'Brief reading ...
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try to change his opinion or try changing his opinion [duplicate]

A powerful opponent made a long speech criticizing John. This speech was so powerful that it threatened John's political career. John decided to try to change his rival's opinion of him. To do this, ...
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Using gerund at the beginning of bullet points: What is more common, better or correct?

Is it correct or common to use the gerund at the beginning of bullet points? Which of the following examples is more common, better or correct? What are the pros and cons? Can I use the gerund? ...
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“X had him thinking” or “X made him think”

I'm proofreading a novel and the author keeps overusing the word 'had' where he could use a more descriptive word and then adding '-ing' to the verb. It's not grammatically incorrect, but it's a ...
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Correct use of the present participle?

Can someone kindly explain to me which is correct, and why? I have done some research on this issue and I'm not sure of the name of the construct that I am looking for. "After washing the dishes, the ...
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Who started the trend of removing ing from gerunds and what is the motivation? [closed]

I've noticed a trend developing over the past few years where gerunds are being emasculated (cutting off their "ing-alings" by golly!!!) On my credit card's website: "spend analysis" All over the web:...
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What's the role of “Opening” in the given excerpt

This is a sentence from a very famous book on learning English called "Headway". "But after making hundreds of millions of dollars opening duty-free shops at airports in the 1960s,Feeney's later ...
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“Sending off a balloon”: verb or noun?

Agnes suggested sending off a balloon with a message to Jenny. The phrase sending off puzzles me. I know it’s a verb phrase, but I don’t understand why it ends on -ing. Is it a noun or a verb? I've ...
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the location of “interacting”?

Could you explain in detail which one is correct in grammar or what is the difference if both are correct in grammar? Thank you in advance. Errors arise primarily within the interacting wave zone. ...
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The act of carrying out a task first, earlier than in its scheduled order [closed]

Suppose you need to carry out several tasks in a certain order (which may be an order of priorities, or of supposed dependencies, or just arbitrary). Is there a word, preferably a gerund, for the act ...
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How to distinguish the gerund with the object and the -ing form in the meaning of the adjective

I read this in Wikipedia: "The program becomes modal, switching between interpreting commands from the keyboard or passing keystrokes on as data to be processed." The word interpreting makes me ...
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Is there a qualitative difference “N+V-ing” and “N's+gerund”? [duplicate]

A friend asked me to edit one of their drafts and I came across an interesting case where I wasn't sure which was the "correct" form to use. Here's the phrase in question: The contract will be ...
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How to spell a gerund [closed]

Beeing: Research in literature provides a confusing spelling, with one single «e». What is the correct spelling? I mean the gerund of the verb «to be».
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How to use 'fly'?

There is your sky Break your cage You meant for fly Not for staying in a range "You meant for flying" Or "You meant for fly" Which one is correct?
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For disturbing or for disturbance

Which one is correct to say: I'm sorry for disturbing. I'm sorry for the disturbance", and why? Is it mandatory to use gerund after prepositions or we can use it in its original noun form? Thank ...
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Gerund question

This view is based on his creation of the ascetic reasoner, Auguste Dupin, who solves a series of baffling crimes in five of Poe's short stories, the most famous being The Murders in the Rue Morgue in ...
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The rule to have “ing” in the middle of a phrase [closed]

I am seeing this pattern in mostly formal sentences and curious what is the rule to write verb+ing after the first part of sentence. Is it replacement for "which"? "Make possible epidemiological ...
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Is is possible to say “Admit to something being something else”?

I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out whether the sentence below is grammatically correct or not. (is it okay to say admit to something being something else?) "The Prime Minister admits ...
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Gerund or a noun?

I would like to check if my reasoning is correct. Illegal dumping of refuse into drainage can pollute surface water or cause occasional flooding Dumping is a gerund - nominal gerundive clause ...
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Phrasal verb structure

I hate BEING subjected to boring lectures. In the sentence i want to know whether "BEING" is a gerund or something else and whatnis funtion of the phrase " being subjected to boring lecture" is it ...
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Cigarette Smoking or Smoking Cigarette

From the following sentence, Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general. Can we replace the bolded phrases with ...
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A gerund after “to help”

Is it grammatical to use a gerund after "to help". To me saying: "to help protecting the environment" is ungrammatical. I would like to get the syntactic explanation.
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Gerunds are always in singular

Gerunds are always in singular.e.g. Dancing burns calories. Now for this example: People dancing together are fun to watch. Should it be people dancing together is fun to watch Is the subject in ...
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“To travel is to live” is this sentence correct?

I got a bottle as a present and it is written "To travel is to live" I supposed that should be written something different but I don't know how to say this in English, somebody tried to say that when ...
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subject of -ing word “being”

In the sentence, Girlfriend being tired, I decided to cook dinner Is the corresponding pronoun for "girlfriend" (She or Her) a syntactic requirement or a stylistic choice? If the verb were finite ("...
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Use of gerund in one question

I don't understand the grammar in this question: Doesn't Denise do enough talking already? I know gerunds can be used with some verbs, as a subject. But in this sentence, I don't know why a gerund ...
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Gerund vs Present participle: “We’re depending on him finishing the job by Friday.”

I'm not a native English speaker, and although I know the general rules to identify whether it is a gerund or participle, sometimes I'm still confused about how to distinguish the gerund and present ...
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Gerund or Participle?

While waiting for service, patrons can enjoy coffee and snacks and mingle with their neighbors in need. Is "waiting" in this sentence a gerund or participle? This sentence and question actually ...
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Is it Gerund or present participle?

1) Setting goal may appear easy but it is quite challenging. 2) Quantifying goals provide specific ways to track progress 3) Finding the right footing,precisely mastering the skills and getting to ...
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Is “University Challenge” right that this is a gerund?

The full context is below, but the basic question is: is the word spending in the following example really a gerund, as claimed by the University Challenge question-setters? My "best guess" would be ...
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Ambiguity in the word order either adjective vs adverb

There's one ambiguous structure I would like to clarify. ...by righteously maintaining his solitude... Must I use righteous instead of righteously or is it the word order that must be changed? ...
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the detection of / the detecting of [closed]

There is a famous sentence: This very superficial grammatist, supposing empty criticism about the adoption of proper phraseology to be a show of extraordinary erudition, was displaying, in ...
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What is the difference between “It's sad to see you leave.” and “It's sad seeing you leaving.”?

"It's sad to see you leave." "It's sad seeing you leaving." I know the first one has a infinitive, and the second one a gerund. But I'm not sure about the difference of the meaning. or these two ...
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I remembered ‘seeing’ or ‘having seen’ him.?

I was wondering how to express the sentence correctly: I remembered seeing him before. or I remembered having seen him before. And what if remember wouldn’t be in past tense but in present tense? I ...