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  1. The cooking soup on the stove got burnt.
  2. The soup cooking on the stove got burnt.

I think in the first there must be 'cooked' in the place of 'cooking'.

Please explain the difference in meanings of these sentences.

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  • You should use a gerund to describe the state of the noun and therefore "the soup cooking"
    – maria
    May 21, 2018 at 20:04

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The cooking soup on the stove got burnt. is incorrect. In this sentence, you use a verb that acts like an adverb, which is perfectly fine but obscures the point of the sentence.

The main reason that The soup cooking on the stove got burnt. would be better is that it is more accurate to the situation. The second sentence tells you that the soup is cooking on the stove. The first one may be interpreted as soup called “cooking soup” sitting on the stove burnt.

Also, it would be more appropriate to use was or became rather that got because got usually means acquired or obtained.

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    I agree that the second is better, but would not go so far as to deem the first "incorrect." Also, I cannot agree that became burnt would be better than got burnt.
    – J.R.
    May 21, 2018 at 14:03

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