As we know, gerunds have the same function as nouns and can be substitute in noun phrases. Additionally as far as I know, meaning of them would be the act of doing that verb. (I don't know whether this is correct or not, this is my intuition though.)
- Creating : An activity in which we are creating something.
- Cleaning : An activity in which we are cleaning something.
In the other side, we have noun "Creation" with meaning:
the act of creating something, or the thing that is created:
Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary 4th edition
However, we don't have noun "clean + tion = cleanation". My questions:
Why don't some verbs have "-tion" nouns?
What is difference of meaning between gerund and "-tion" nouns? (for example: transformation and transforming)