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Can we use gerunds with the verb "abuse"?

If not, what's an alternative?

Here's my attempt at an alternative:

Every time I see a spruce I begin chewing its needles, so I think I abuse chewing spruce needles.

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Yes I think you could use gerunds with the verb "abuse". I don't know if it would be technically correct, but as a native English speaker, I would understand the meaning, and wouldn't find it extremely strange. An example might look like:

I FIND THIS ABUSING OF THE CAPS LOCK KEY MORALLY ABHORRENT

But the word "abuse" is also already usable as a noun, so it would be more natural to just say:

I FIND THIS ABUSE OF THE CAPS LOCK KEY MORALLY ABHORRENT

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