I can't understand why in examples beneath parts 'paying attention' and 'accepting payments' go without the + of.
1) I have friends who pride themselves in paying attention to detail. Maybe it is an adjective clause? (Like this: They write letters paying attention to detail.)
If I say ''the paying of attention to detail is important'' - it works as a large noun phrase. We use article+gerund+of+noun.
2) How do you go about accepting payments for clients? - the same thing. An adjective clause? If not, why does it go without an article+of? The king of the road; knight of a horde and so on.
3) How do you go about the acceptance of payments for clients? - a large noun phrase.
4) The accepting of payments is an important part of our business plan? It works.
But How do you go about the accepting of payments for clients? doesn't.
5) The skillful defusing of the bomb saved the day. Here we have the gerund packaged inside a prepositional phrase 'defusing of the bomb'
Aardvark’s quickly defusing the bomb saved the day - ...defusing the bomb...without OF...Why on earth does it go without of?