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I have collaborated with David in funding applications and paper writing.
I have collaborated with David in applying for fundings and writing papers.

which sentence sounds more natural to native ears? and the reasons?

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The second sentence is better, except that "fundings" might be better as a non-count noun. The problem with the first sentence is that "funding applications" could be read as a verb followed by a direct object.

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  • thank you, what if I rearrange the first sentence: I have collaborated with David in paper writing and funding applications. Then the problem of confusion solved. Which sentence is better now? – Elizabeth May 5 at 13:57
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    "Funding applications" can still be read as verb+object. The second sentence doesn't have that ambiguity, and it has the style advantage of using the two verbs "applying" and "writing" in a parallel way. – Jack O'Flaherty May 5 at 14:29

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