Sometimes my friends say something that really confuses me.
Here cleaning is used more like a noun(because has an article , "a cleaning") some people call them deverbal nouns.
But I'm just confused about the meaning, because doing something sometimes has different meanings.
eg: I need their arrival(because if they come, they will give me some chance to make money, here has no passive voice meaning)
I need some cleaning here.(the manager pointed to a dirty table). Does this one make sense? or just means I need to be cleaned.
I have looked up some information and I think if the gerund functions as nouns, they have the same meanings when they are verbal.
In this way, if some words can used as nouns in the structure (I'm not sure if there is) "try doing something", it still means they just tried doing these things. Am I right?
I know some gerunds can be used as nouns…But if they are nouns…what is the difference？