We took skiing vacation . We saw a skiing monkey.

In the above 2 sentences the word "SkIING" confuse me. Plz help me in the first sentence is the word playing the role of gerund or participle?

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In the first, it is a gerund. In the second, it is a participle.

This is because in the first, "skiing" takes the place of an adjectival noun. The vacation is not skiing, the vacation is for skiing.

In the second, the monkey is actually skiing.

  • Unless they find a new a species of monkey and call it skiiing . . . Then things could get confusing. ;) Oct 24, 2018 at 11:00
  • @JasonBassford !!!!
    – Karl
    Oct 24, 2018 at 11:03

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