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Appearing of white hair in beard is a sign of old age.

Is this a right sentence? Do we need the preposition 'of' in this? If this is wrong, then what about the following?

Appearance of white hair in beard is a sign of old age.

Although I believe this one is much better:

A white hair appearing in beard is a sign of old age.

Yet, my question is if the first sentence is grammatically correct?

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In your sentence, white hair is the subject of the gerund appearing. It does not require a preposition, but it must be placed before the verb:

white hair appearing in [the/a/one's] beard is a sign of old age.

Similarly, an object must follow the gerund:

Wasting time should be avoided

Anything other than subject and object can be attached with a preposition:

Living in France is a big advantage if you want to learn French.


Note that you beard is a countable noun, so when you use it in the singular it needs an article (a/the) or, for example, a possessive pronoun (one's).

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