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Is there any difference between “ i was woken up by a ringing bell” and “ i was woken up by a bell ringing”?

I tried looking in the internet but could not find any appropriate answers.
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Ing form as infinitive at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use the ing form as infinitive at the beginning of a sentence? E.g. learning extracurricular Software to improve personal training. This is a sentence I put in brackets in my ...
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What are the parts of speech in the sentence: Regular exercise strengthens the heart, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack [migrated]

Can anyone break this sentences into parts of speech? Regular exercise strengthens the heart, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack What is the conjunction in this sentence joining the two ...
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past participle + ing Vs present perfect + ing

What is the difference between past participle + ing and present perfect + ing? For an example: If you started playing the game, you should have noticed the issue. Vs If you have started playing the ...
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for words ending in “ing”, what parts are stressed?

For words ending in the -ing suffix, is the suffix stressed? Unstressed? Does adding the -ing suffix affect the stress of the other syllables? Example: (u is untressed, ' is stressed) Deteriorate is (...
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dogfight vs. dog fighting

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a dogfight means: 1 : a fight between dogs broadly : a fiercely disputed contest 2 : a fight between two or more fighter planes usually at ...
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Use of an adjective instead of adverb with gerund?

I keep hearing on the BBC channel their self-commercial that goes like "We are the leaders in global breaking news". Folks, could anybody kindly explain to me how come that structure is grammatically ...
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Can the mentioned verb be in a bare infinitive form?

However, rather than undermine its epistemic value, the intentional character of testimony is arguably essential to this value. Shouldn't it be "undermining" or "undermine"? As it is after "than", ...
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Past or present tense in the clause of an -ing structure?

I have a question that, as the title suggests, relates to tense agreement between an -ing phrase and its subordinate clause. I have seen other similar questions, such as present/past tense in a ...
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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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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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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 “We are grateful to X for her proofreading this paper” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? 1.) We are grateful to X for her proofreading this paper. Or alternatively: 2.) We are grateful to Y for him proofreading this paper. I think that ...
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Confusion in “-ing” form verbs use

I am reading Jane Eyre book published by Oxford Bookworms. I have found this sentence: ...,while I lay awake all night, trembling with fear, and eyes wide open in horror, imagining ghosts in every ...
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-ing forms question [closed]

I saw this sentence somewhere. I know it’s right, but I can’t explain why to use the -ing form here twice: There was no mistaking the smell. Burning. There was a fire somewhere.
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Pronouncing the final “‑ing” inflection as [əŋ] instead of as [ɪŋ]

I’m asking about American English, but feel free to answer about other dialects. The ‑ing verbal inflection ending is, in the abstract, a phonemic /ɪŋ/. Those phonemes usually get realized ...
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Pronunciation of boggling and similar *ing words

Are there multiple valid pronunciations for ing or present participle form of boggle -- [bog-uh l] | /ˈbɒg əl/? I.e. are both of the following valid for boggling (not thinking of bogglin or other ...
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“Having breakfast”, “breakfasting”, or “breaking fast”? [closed]

The first is the most common (in the US, anyway). The last seems most correct, but also least-used, and may even be considered "archaic" by some. The second is ugly, but if "breakfast" is a noun, and ...
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What part of speech is ‘mountains’ in the sentence “I like climbing mountains”?

I'm trying to understand the grammar of this sentence: I like climbing mountains. Here's what I've got so far: "I" is the subject "like" is the verb I believe "climbing" is a participle Maybe "...
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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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Nothing's getting done today - is it present or future?

Is the sentence "Nothing's getting done today" present continuous? Why is the verb get ending in "-ing"?
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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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Can a phrase with an -ing come after a comma and another clause with an -ing?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? The teenagers drove to the party, some arriving in sports cars, others arriving in limousines. I'm familiar if the sentence ended after the "some arriving ...
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Can there be an -ing word after “while”?

The navy seals soon dispersed, some entering the shallow waters at the beach while others venturing out onto the rocks to access deeper waters. Is this sentence grammatically correct? The book says ...
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How to use “moving” at the beginning of a sentence?

"Moving to an iphone from a normal phone is easy." Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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“submission” vs “submitting”: which is better in this sentence?

Both submission and submitting mean the same thing: "...the action of presenting a proposal <....> for consideration or judgment." I tried to figure out a difference in meaning but did not manage ...
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Why is it wrong to say “that tree is falling tomorrow”?

Why is it wrong to say: That tree is falling tomorrow The answer key says, in common, it is right to use -ing with near future. But it says that sentence is wrong, because it doesn’t show the ...
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Confused between the usage of the sentence starting with Looking forward to

Could anyone tell me which one is correct : 1) Looking forward to do more homework exercises with you in future OR 2) Looking forward in doing more homework exercises with you in future Since I am ...
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Why is “…although taking…” wrong in this sentence?

The Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction book says that Although I take frequent naps, I study effectively is correct, while I study effectively although taking frequent naps is wrong. Why is ...
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Why is “banging his nose” possible but "answering the phone'' not possible?

He ran into the wall, banging his nose. He got out of bed, answering the phone. Why is the first one possible but is the second one not possible?
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“Render” vs “rendering” as modifiers

I have troubles figuring out whether to use "render" or "rendering" in the context of drawing something on a computer screen in certain scenarios. Technologies that are used for drawing/rendering: ...
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“When travelling in Australia, guidance is advised.” [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "When travelling in Australia, guidance is advised." It seems to me the subject is not matching the verb, as if "guidance is travelling".
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“Doing such stunts ARE punishable” or “Doing such stunts IS punishable”? [duplicate]

Doing such stunts are punishable. Doing such stunts is punishable. Should it be is or are? There is a conflict. Stunts are punishable sounds right. However, I think whether is or are should ...
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Is the word 'getting' used as a gerund in 'getting stronger every day'?

In the phrase, "Getting Stronger Every Day," I know that "getting" is a participle, but in this phrase, is it a gerund? If not, why?
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How does the pronunciation change in verbs that end with “‑e” or “‑ie” for their “‑ing” forms?

How do you pronounce the ‑ing forms of verbs that originally end with -e or ‑ie? Although the rules for writing such verbs that end with ‑e or ‑ie are сlear: make > making (take off "-e" + "‑ing") ...
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What is the difference in meaning between these two statements?

Their powers should be limited to curbing INFLATION. ......... Their powers should be LIMITED to curb inflation. I've written in uppercase the words emphasized by the speaker (in speech).
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“Having” vs “that has” [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "people having money" instead of "people who have money"? I.e. is it OK to use "having" as the opposite to "without"? In my opinion it is OK but a colleague of mine believes that ...
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Hear Me Roar Vs Hear Me Roaring? [duplicate]

In Katy Per­ry’s song “Roar”, she says this at the end of the cho­rus: You’re gonna hear me roar Why did she use the bare in­fini­tive form of the verb roar here in­stead of that ver­b’s ‑ing form?...
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Dividing Verbs Ending In -ING [duplicate]

I've been writing some stuff to my English classes, and in between them, I found myself with a question. There are a lot of ways to divide a word, meaning for example at the end of the sentence - when ...
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Choosing between -ing and -tion or -age

There are many cases that I have to choose between the -ing form of a verb and the -tion or - age nouns. Like this question: Local waves within the harbor make ...... difficult, if not impossible. 1. ...
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Still usage without are or is and the -ing form, not related to adjective without a verb [duplicate]

"People are still coming out the church." or "People still coming out of the church." I've seen people using both, but I'm not sure if they are both correct? Can you use still + ing without any other ...
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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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Correct sentence struction with by+ing

Which of the following structure is correct? 1) You can pass A by doing B, by writing C, and by reading D. 2) You can pass A by doing B, writing C, and reading D.
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-ing in conditionals

I have a question regarding the use of -ing in conditionals. Is it possible to use these. Most sources I found say you should use the simple form in, for instance, the first conditional. Can I make ...
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Adverbial clauses or Gerunds! Which one is this?

In my King James Bible, I have found some words which look like Gerunds but they really are not, or at least they don't make sense when they get turned into nouns. Take a look at these examples: ...
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Am I RICEing my injury?

Rest, Icing, Compression and Elevation after an injury, and repeat as needed for the first couple hours. Using RICE, how would I type the answer to the question, "How's your twisted ankle?"? "Not so ...
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I'm not too sure if the use of v+ing is appropriate in this sentence

In my opinion, both sentences are grammatically correct but I'm not too sure how the v+ing can be used in this particular situation: 1. The use of language to establish identity was nicely presented ...
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To + verb, bare verb or verb + ing in noun phrases [duplicate]

I've asked this around and I'm RACKING MY BRAIN trying to figure it out. Which one is the correct verb form in the following sentence? The craziest thing I've ever done is go / to go / going ...