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Do “running down the street” and “run down the street” have the same meaning?

I suddenly found myself running down the street. l suddenly found myself who run down the street. Is running down the street a gerund clause or reduced relative clause?
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A proper name in a gerund phrase

To me she looks American. Strangely enough, that corresponds to Gib Melson's being American himself. I'm in doubt in regard to the use of the genitive in the last phrase. Were it a pronoun, it ...
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Without Peter showing me what to do

Why is the preposition "without" followed by "Peter telling me what to do"? Does the construction have the same structure as "Without air, all animals will die"? Is "Peter (who is) telling me what to ...
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Is the auxiliary verb “have” declared implicitly in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: After having accused the Congress of working in favour of Pakistan, it appears to resurrected the issue of "citizenship". At first glance, the sentence ...
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Verb + [adverb clause] + - ing

When we use "verb + - ing" forms, Is it possible to put adverbial phrases between "verb" and "- ing" ? I saw that example down below and it made me think. I suppose "come + -selling" means that the ...
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what is the right way to use having in a participle clause? Is “I went out having eaten lunch” okay?

Having eaten lunch, I went out. Is it correct and grammatical to say I went out having eaten lunch.
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“to set a man framing titillating hypotheses”. What does it mean?

I am reading a book right now. I saw a phrase and I couldn't understand what it means. What does "to set a man framing titillating hypotheses" mean? (Emphasis below is mine) I can only see her ...
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gerund participle and relative

A friend who accompanies/accompanying a teenager on a shopping trip may pick out the clothes that he or she decides to purchase. Does who accompanies/accompanying a teenager on a shopping trip act as ...
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By +ing vs. Ing

Yesterday, the guy I was conversing with, told me that he is good at speaking English. Hearing it, I asked him right away "why are we wasting our time speaking in Hindi. (no offence to my mother ...
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Think of going out and enjoying / enjoy the wind

It being a windy night, you must think of going out and enjoying the wind. according to me ,it should have been "enjoy" not "enjoying". Can anyone please explain this to me?
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“His swimming is brilliant”

Can we say: His swimming is brilliant I made up this sentence to examine: 1) if i can use possessive adjectives before gerund. 2) and if a gerund can stand by its own without an object....
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“Gathering evidence” vs. “Evidence-gathering”

I want to know, if there is any, the difference between the following sentences: 1) He was responsible for gathering evidence. gathering evidence And 2) He was responsible for ...
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police entering … is illegal

Is the apostrophe "s" necessary in the following? Police('s) entering a private house without a warrant is illegal. I'd appreciate your help.
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Is “patent claims drafting” correct?

Which is the correct wording? patent claims drafting or drafting patent claims For example: A: Drafting patent claims is a difficult task. B: Patent claims drafting is a difficult task....
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Importance and usage of being in relative clause

An underflow is the result of larger negative exponents not being available to represent the number. What's the importance of usage of being here? Why is it used like that? What if I drop it from ...
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Can I use “me” as the subject of the sentence?

Consider the following two sentences: Attending X gave me a sense of appreciation for Y. By attending X, I acquired an appreciation for Y. I'm not quite sure what's more appropriate to use. From ...
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What is “new people” in this sentence?

What is "new people" in this sentence? The sentence is: Meeting new people is hard Here "meeting" is a gerund/noun and the subject of the sentence, "is" is the linking verb and "hard" is the ...
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Correct way to use a gerund phrase

I have learned that adverbs should be at the end of a sentence. What is the subject of this sentence? Is it Using a comma after and in a list? Is there any adverb modifying the noun or of which ...
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Gerund as a noun 'having/taking a shower'

Can I use the phrase 'having/taking a shower' as a noun when it supposed to be present simple tense Example: I wake up then (I) having a shower Examples that I found: 1 use less water when ...
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Is it possible to have two gerunds consequently? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "more and more people are quitting buying CD's and DVD's because of the ..........." ? Please help me, I'm writing an essay and this doubt is making me go crazy.
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'It makes no sense trying sth' Would this be correct, too?

Can I say 'It makes no sense trying sth'? Actually it should be 'There is no sense/point/use (in) trying sth., I think.
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“decision being made” What piece of grammar is it?

Here is a few examples of sentences with "decision being made": www.bbc.co.uk: PESTEC factors could have an impact on the decision being made, for example ... www.co-intelligence.org: When I first ...
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Need help with a sentence using gerund after to

I was watching a video about how to learn new vocabulary more easily, but I was stuck at this sentence spoken by the video author: Now I'm starting with three basic principles that I think are key ...
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“The boys who wore ” vs “The boys wearing”

Which sentence structure is correct? The boys who wore red shirts were Manchester Utd. fans. or The boys wearing red shirts were Manchester Utd. fans
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I need some cleaning

everyone Sometimes my friends say something that really confuses me. Here cleaning is used more like a noun(because has an article , "a cleaning") some people call them deverbal nouns. But I'm just ...
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“no + gerund” or “not + gerund”

In order to compare them, I wrote below sentences: Reading books is the solution not watching TV [a moral advice]. Reading books is the solution no watching TV [a moral advice]. I ...
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Two kinds of the subject

Is the first sentence correct? Does it have the same meaning as the second one? Him knowing four languages helped him with getting a job. The fact that he knows four languages helped him with ...
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What tense is this? 'Despite their already having paid the money…'

I was reading a piece of writing recently and I came across a very strangely phrased sentence that took me a while to understand. Can anyone identify the sentence's tense or really just what makes it ...
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“Using troughs in this way to identify particular bonds is covered on a separate page” - or “The use of..”?

From Chemguide: Note: Using troughs in this way to identify particular bonds is covered on a separate page. Wouldn't it be stylistically better to say Note: The use of troughs in this way to ...
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The use of the construction “one's +gerund +…” as subject

Can I use the phrase "My being neat and quiet" as a subject of the sentence? For example, My being neat and quiet seems something they appreciate.
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How do I make an “___ing” word modify the noun I mean it to modify?

I want to use "listening" such that it modifies "the vogue", not "the people." Which sentence achieves that? Or neither? Sentence I The vogue of people listening to music on tapes is not ...
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I'm confused with the use of the participle phrase

The first REM period may begin only a half hour after falling asleep. In the sentence, I'm confused with the use of the phrase after falling asleep. Please explain it to me.
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Is it grammatical to use “[verb]-ing an [object] by an [subject]”?

The story is about the stoning an innocent young woman for adultery by a group of radical religious hypocrites. In the above sentence "radical religious hypocrites" is the subject who did the ...
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“I'm not surprised at him/his having difficulties with the exam”

I'm not surprised at him/his having difficulties with the exam Is it him or his? Why is it so? What is the grammar rule here? What would be some other examples where this rule is used?
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Wish you never + gerund or verb?

Which is true and please explain why? Happy birthday. Wish you never grow up ! Happy birthday. Wish you never growing up ! In fact I'm confused. I don't know which one is true? Up to now I have ...
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When do I use preposition in + ing?

I am confused while using the preposition "in" in the below context. The wider provision of electricity supplies is a critical factor in reducing global poverty levels? Why can't I say "...a ...
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A question about two structures

I've read in a grammar text that : I don't like people telling me what to do. I don't like being told what to do. The author claimed that 1,2 convey same information in reader. However, I ...
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“A start to answering…” (To + verb + ing)

I'm a native speaker, and I'm having trouble figuring out if something I said is just bad English or if it is correct (but just sounds strange). A friend asked me a question, and I said, "I'm not ...
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Having a problem with “having”

Consider the following sentence: In one study, 83 percent of 140 male and female executives in variety of businesses report having a mentor when they were younger. More specifically, ...(they) ...
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Except + gerund or infitive

1 The graduate student had nothing in mind except finishing his thesis. 2 The mason will not do any work except giving the order. Both sentences use -ing of verb finish and give. I know these ...
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“logical subject” of verbals

Native speakers, could you please define "logical subject" of verbals (infinitive, gerund, participle)? I am Chinese and some of my grammar books define "logical subject" as the agent of the action, ...
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There being no reasonable relationship

“There being” is allegedly an absolute phrase. Moreover, because “there being” is the present participle of “there be”, I'd like to learn how to parse/unravel “there be”, to determine/deduce this ...
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Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative?

Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative? Do "My idea is that the child should be sent to school" and "My idea is the child being ...
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Popular shows feature artists designing …

Popular television shows feature artists designing everything from new clothes to delicious food dishes. Why don't use "who design" in the sentence?
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“recently” and present continuous tense

The system will be reviewed due to a number of malfunctions being reported recently. In this sentence, what does "being" indicate? Does it mean that malfunctions are currently reported? Also, is it ...