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you/your doing, anybody/anybody's [duplicate]

Are 'ing' in these sentences Present Participles or Gerunds? I don’t mind you driving it. Can you imagine anybody being so stupid? I don’t remember him playing chess. I don’t want to keep you waiting....
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In modern grammar, why are gerunds and participles grouped?

As I have delved deeper into the world of modern grammar, I have noticed frequent references to 'gerund-participial' clauses. Most resources would divide gerunds and participles (past and present) ...
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Why was gerund not using in this sentence as parallel balance?

In the following sentence, why the author uses 'stole' and 'stood' instead of 'stealing' and 'standing', since the author use 'seeing' the gerund at the second clause. An elderly seaman came to the ...
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Is “using” a gerund in this sentence?

“He was saved using advanced medical technology.” I think “using” would be a gerund if you said “He was saved by using advanced medical technology,” where the gerund is the object of the preposition “...
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I was happy playing the piano (gerund or participle?)

In the sentence, “I was happy playing the piano,” is the phrase “playing the piano” a participial (Playing the piano, I was happy) or a gerund with an elided, or assumed, preposition (I was happy [...
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In "experience teaching", is "experience" a noun adjunct?

In an MIT textbook from 2007 the author, Robert G. Gallager, writes in the preface: My original purpose was to write an undergraduate text on digital communication, but experience teaching this ...
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is it a gerund or a participle?

i can't distinguish a gerund and participle so i need your help.. Growing things in the garden if this sentence is the title of a book, is "growing" a gerund or a participle? I saw you dancing in ...
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Dangling Participle and Gerund

" Inspiring, informing and celebrating teachers since 1988". Is this sentence right? I'm confuse whether all -ing verbs in this sentence act as a gerund as a noun or a present participial as an ...
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Can a gerund be used to start a question title? [duplicate]

For the sake of using less characters in a title I often change a question like: How do I learn to ride a bike? to: Learning to ride a bike? I know these two constructs are not identical in ...
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Is the word "moving" here a gerund or a present participle? [closed]

Is the word moving as used here in these two sentences gerund or a present participle? The five stages of moving to a brand new place. One of the most exciting parts of moving to a new place.
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Possessive-gerund/ sentence structure

Here's an alternative/clearer version of my original question: Consider the following sentence: Instead of his being stationed on a plank, I want him on a pedestal. This shows the possessive ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" or the word "running" in the phrase "running" shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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In "Nobody was surprised at John being absent", is "being" a present participle modifying "John" or a gerund whose subject is "John"?

Some time ago I learned the difference between a present participle and a gerund, so today I decided to pass any online test to make sure I understand it. I passed it having made only one mistake, ...
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What is a gerund? A noun or a verb? 'His smoking upset me’

I've been studying the Huddleston and Pullum book for four months now. So far only one thing confuses me: the identity of gerund. Is it a noun or a verb? His constant smoking upset me. smoking ...
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