I recently consider creating a noun phrase by forming an infinitive into a gerund as follows :

The chairs need to be repaired --> The number of chairs needing to be repaired.

Whether the way I create a noun phrase : Chairs needing to be repaired is grammatically correct or not ?

  • Yes, it's fine. "Needing to be repaired" is a gerund-participial clause modifying the head of the NP, "number". – BillJ Aug 27 '18 at 5:49
  • I think "The number of chairs' is a noun phrase but 'needing to be repaired' is a verb phrase. A possible example of using 'needing to be repaired' in a noun phrase could be, 'The chairs needing to be repaired were scattered over the basement.' – James Aug 27 '18 at 5:58
  • No, James, it's a clause - the non-finite equivalent of the relative clause in "the number of chairs which need to be repaired". Verb phrases head clauses. – BillJ Aug 27 '18 at 6:11

A sentence with a noun phrase with the gerund in focus:

Repairing the chairs is a need.

or with a single-word noun phrase:

The chairs need repairing.

  • Sorry, but your example is ungrammatical. – BillJ Aug 27 '18 at 6:37
  • Could you explain your conclusion? – Alex_ander Aug 27 '18 at 7:53

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