When there is an existing noun (as memorization) could we use the ing to form another one (memorizing)?

If so, what would be the difference between the two concurrent nouns?

  • As a noun, I think memorizing is hardly used. It is much more common to use memorization. – Man_From_India May 17 '17 at 13:53
  • In this specific case, yes. The gerund form, "memorizing," is used (as a noun, because that's what gerunds do.) I disagree that memorization is "much more common." Here is some evidence to the contrary: books.google.com/ngrams/… – Adam May 17 '17 at 15:40
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    @Adam the n-gram graph is not enough because if you look closely (I checked the first page) you would notice that majority of hits for memorizing are not noun, they are verb. – Man_From_India May 17 '17 at 15:56
  • @Adam Please perdon me, but it's not correct. In all your sentences except the first sentence, memorizing is not a noun, it's a verb. And I agree that the first sentence is not wrong, but it's more common to use memorization in place of memorizing, IMO. – Man_From_India May 17 '17 at 16:14
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    @Adam yes. It's indeed a verb there. – Man_From_India May 17 '17 at 16:22

Basically, yes. You can either use memorization or memorising as a noun. However, when there already exists a noun that carries the meaning you wish to infer I would recommend you use it:

  • The growing of plants is an exciting thing to research.
  • The growth of plants is an exciting thing to research.
  • Can you supply a reference that supports your assertion that "Verb+ing" acting as the subject of a sentence is not a gerund? – Adam May 17 '17 at 16:40
  • @Adam Well that statement is plain wrong, but I see no such claim in his answer :-O strange! – Man_From_India May 17 '17 at 16:52
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    @Adam Check my edit. – SovereignSun May 17 '17 at 17:15
  • "...selling different things" is still a gerund phrase, and selling is still a gerund. It seems like you are wanting to distinguish gerunds on their own from gerunds that have complements/modifiers/etc, but that distinction isn't correct. I like flying. I like flying quickly. I like flying with my dog. I like flying to the moon. I like flying on airplanes." In all of these examples, flying is a gerund, with or without modifiers and complements. A non-gerund use would look like "I am flying to the moon." Here flying is part of the main verb of the sentence. – Adam May 17 '17 at 17:30
  • @Adam selling in my second sentence is a verb in the Present Continuous tense. – SovereignSun May 17 '17 at 17:34

Native speakers often use memorizing as a noun:

Understanding how these chemical processes work involves far more than memorizing. Memorization is required, to be sure, but memorizing alone doesn't lead to understanding.


Memorize is a verb, as in "He memorized his address."

Memorization a noun describing the process of committing something to memory.

Memorizing is already in use as a gerund or present participle of "to memorize." As in, "She is memorizing the lecture notes." Memorizing isn't used as a noun.

  • "Memorizing is already in use as a gerund .....Memorizing isn't used as a noun." That's what gerunds are - verbs being used as nouns. – Adam May 17 '17 at 15:34

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