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But New York changed, and the Navy Yard became known as a place where you could still do manufacturing in the city.But New York changed, and the Navy Yard became known as a place where you could still do manufacturing in the city. Film-production companies, fabricators, distillers, and tech firms have all moved in. Here is the all context.

But New York changed, and the Navy Yard became known as a place where you could still manufacture in the city.But New York changed, and the Navy Yard became known as a place where you could still do manufacturing in the city. Film-production companies, fabricators, distillers, and tech firms have all moved in. Here is the all context.

But New York changed, and the Navy Yard became known as a place where you could still do manufacturing in the city. Is there any difference between two sentence in meaning ? Can I use ''do+verb+ing'' instead of verb itself?

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  • Assuming this is relating to technology hardware/software you would need to give a little context as to what processing/process is referring to.
    – Matthew
    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:26
  • As I couldn't find rest of the context . I had to change my example . Sorry for this. Feb 6, 2020 at 11:32
  • What does manufacturing mean in your context?
    – Jan
    Feb 6, 2020 at 11:34

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There is a subtle but important difference between the two constructions.

The first is making it clear that the Navy Yard became known as a place where manufacturing (of whatever kind) could be carried on.

The second sentence gives the impression that a direct object is missing after manufacture. The reader pauses to ask: manufacture what? It can be interpreted in the same fashion as the first, but it is puzzling and not idiomatic.

So stick with the first.

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