Recently I have studied about the differences between a verbal noun with the -ing suffix and a gerund. I know that we can use the articles and the preposition "of" with a verbal noun but we can't use these both with a gerund. But I still have problem with using it. For example, are we allowed to use the -ing form of any verb along with the articles and the preposition "of"?
For example, in the phrase "the abating of the storm", is "abating" a gerund or a verbal noun? If it is a gerund, are we allowed to use all verbs in this form?