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Does this mean "Jerry was being taken aback by a stranger”

Jerry Paiz recalled being taken aback by the stranger on the street corner inquiring about compassion. David Begnaud, CBS News, 30 June 2023 Does this mean Jerry was being taken aback by a stranger ...
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Is "doing" in "I'm the first woman doing it" a gerund or A participle?

For all the time everybody has been alive in this country, when they thought of the prime minister, they thought of a man in a suit. I’m the first woman doing it; I’m the first person not to be that ...
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I hear you speaking or I hear you speak?

I used to think that it is always a Subject + verb in a relevant tense + object + verb-ing construction, such as in the examples: I can hear you speaking I have seen you drinking John hates me crying ...
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Gerund phrases in passive sentences

Read the following sentence He played the game , knowing that they'd lose. Here the subject of the highlighted phrase is the subject of the main sentence (ie 'he' is the subject) . Generally, for the ...
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Is this Gerund Phrases correct?

Her cleaning the house every day is not necessary. So I was wondering, why use her instead of she in that gerund phrase? Is that actually correct? And can I say "The maiden cleaning the house ...
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What difference does adding 'who is' make in the meaning of the sentence?

A person who is willing to do the job would say yes easily. Or A person willing to do the job would say yes easily. Are both the sentences grammatically sound ? What difference does adding 'who is' ...
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Is 'watching him' a gerund clause in this example?

He saw James watching him. Recently, I have become familiar with non-finite clauses. This has led me to question the function of the ing- clause in constructions like the one above. Prior to learning ...
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Why are non-finite verb phrases defined as non-finite clauses?

Before this question is marked as a duplicate, understand that I am not questioning the classification of a non-finite clause nor asking the generic reason for said classification. I know that the ...
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Difference between "to develop" vs "developing"

What is the difference between: The objective of the project is to develop a framework Versus: The objective of the project is developing a framework Is any of them incorrect?
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"ING" after comma

Taken from an IELTS exam prep site Why is beginning used in the following sentence? And is it a relative clause?: It is clear that there are five stages in the production of cement, beginning with ...
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I can not understand after" before sneaking..."

“I waited till Zach “inserted himself into our awkward conversation before sneaking inside to thaw my fingers beneath running water.” Excerpt From Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher This material may be ...
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"It's nice seeing you" Is seeing a gerund here?

I would say it is, in the sense that you could write it as "Seeing you is nice", so that "seeing you" is a noun phrase. Am I wrong in thinking this? Would the same principle apply to: Thank you ...
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What is the correct pronoun for the gerund in "It’s hard to imagine me/I/my doing that crime"

It’s hard to imagine me doing that crime It’s hard to imagine I doing that crime It’s hard to imagine my doing that crime Which of the above three sentences is correct? My grammar book said we ...
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Is it correct to use gerund in these sentences?

"A woman speaking to the TV channel said that it seems nearly impossible to find a retirement home." My question is if it is the same as "a woman who is/was speaking to ...." Same question here: "...
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Can "english learning" be paraphrased with "of" preposition?

1?) Scheduled session of learning of english. 2?) Scheduled session of learning english. I guess I understand that in sentences there would be "learning english", because there would be subjects, but ...
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usage of gerunds

I don't like him wasting time vs I don't like his wasting time what is the difference in meaning of these two sentences
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How would you characterize the gerunds in these cases?

I have these sentences / phrases and am trying to figure out how to characterize the gerunds is each: (a) First on Clark’s list is Japan’s well-known propensity for putting the group before the self, ...
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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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"ours being the last country” vs “ours is the last country”

Several countries have attempted to do this, ours being the last one. This is not a participial clause as there are two different subjects. What if I put is instead?
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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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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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Why did the author use "remembering" instead of "remember" in "principles that I think are key to remembering"

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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