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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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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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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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 ...
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“I remember watching Dallas,” vs. “I remember us watching Dallas.”

I remember watching Dallas. I remember us watching Dallas. I know that both are common usage. What I don't understand is exactly what role "watching" has in the second sentence. It is clearly a ...
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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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objective pronoun in front of V-ing from an SAT perspective [duplicate]

Barron's Grammar Workbook (which claims to be written for those wishing to take "the SAT, ACT, and more") says to use a possessive pronoun before a gerund, and gives the following example: Her asking ...
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Differentiating between verb-ing and gerunds [duplicate]

In sentences like, "I'm dying to get to you and "I'm learning to live again" and "i was preparing to go for surgery when you called" what are "dying", "learning" and "preparing" functioning as? Are ...
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like …Gerund or other form?

"There are many ways to save the environment, like saving energy, reducing rubbish" Is the ing Form correct in this case? Is it a gerund? Or is this Form calles differently ?
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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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Gerund + infinitive and infinitive +gerund [closed]

Can a gerund and infinitive be together in a single sentence? It's disheartening to see him suffer like that. vs To see him suffer like that is disheartening.
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Having a ing with an object in a sentence

I was told that ing can be used without an object e.g "the manager forbids smoking" while I know this is true, I want to ask if it can also be used with objects e.g., "I love making lasagne" or " the ...
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Having a progressive verb and a gerund in a sentence

Can we have two "ing" form in this way: "I'm thinking of settling down at 25" if so, is this the correct sentence break down I-subject, am-auxiliary verb, thinking- progressive verb, of-proposition, ...
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Equal to + gerund

I am writing notes for my student in lab courses. In the last section, I am trying to interpret the results obtained in a previous one. I am trying therefore, to give an example by saying the ...
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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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which one I should use Noun or Gerund? Are both sentences correct?

Run is good for your heart or Running is good for your heart I cannot understand what the differences between these two sentences are.
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Which is right, “welcome party” or “welcoming party”? [closed]

or is it okay with both? someone said it's awkward to use former one, but i just want to know how native speakers feel when they hear each.
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Gerund? Infinitive? Why, when we talk about jobs, do we say “I have a job taking people on tours” instead of “I have a job to take people on tours”?

I'm teaching English in China. I wanted middle school or younger, but I was put with some great high school kids and they sometimes ask me questions that I don't know how to answer yet. I'm a native ...
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Collecting metals from electronic waste and reusing them to make other products “is” or “are”…? [duplicate]

I want to if this sentence is correct. Collecting metals from electronic waste and reusing them to make other products is called the “urban mining industry. In the sentence the two gerunds are ...
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comma before the second verb of sentence implies the next verb is the main verb or gerund? [closed]

I just confuse about this sentence: the quality of algorithm is a result of constructing the right pattern, "measured" by the error between... Is this sentence correct? And measured is also the ...