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Questions tagged [gerunds]

A gerund is a word that functions as a Noun. It is formed by adding the suffix -ing to the base form of a Verb.

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“Tags editing” or “Tags edit”?

Can I say: "Tags edit" as a whole complete phrase, or should it be "Tags editing"? Another thing, is it: "Did some tags editing" or "Did some tags edit"? Thank you I know "edit" is a noun, and "...
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Is it “Gaming & Chill” or “Game & Chill”

Gday, I came across about these products Gaming & Chill Hoodie & Gaming & Chill Cap. Is Gaming & Chill grammatically correct? Should it not be Game & Chill or is it a brand name? ...
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when to use studying or study?

A1) Students who exhibit more undesirable academic behaviors feel more strongly that work contributes to less time and energy for studying. A2) The class is believed to assess subjective ...
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failure or failing, how different?

It is impossible to live without failing. It is impossible to live without failure. Which is proper when there is no following object of gerund? How different?
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launch or launching , how their uses are different?

Right before the launch, engineers expressed concerns about mechanical malfunctions and advised that the launching be postponed. In this sentence, which is better and how are they different? I ...
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The proper way of asking this “would you mind…” question

I know this is not properly written: “Would you please mind a minute to answer my messages?” Is this the correct way? “Would you mind taking a minute to answer my messages please?” Or where ...
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“I want to use my energy TO READ or FOR READING?”

Which of these sentences is correct? 1) I want to use my energy to read. 2) I want to use my energy for reading. Thank you very much! Gerunds and infinitives confuse me.
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Helping people Vs People helping

If i want to say: Helping people is a proof of being kind-hearted People helping is a proof of being kind-hearted Don’t these two sentences give the same exact meaning? More examples: ...
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Being doing it is hard

We can say: It is hard to do it like: To do it is hard Then how can we say the next sentence with the same turn It is hard to be doing it It will be Doing it is hard Or Being doing ...
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gerunds as a nouns

I can't understand why in examples beneath parts 'paying attention' and 'accepting payments' go without the + of. 1) I have friends who pride themselves in paying attention to detail. Maybe it is an ...
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Is the gerund form for the verb 'to turn' preceded by objective pronouns?

Is it correct to say '...he found out she was sick only when they got married, her turning 18, him 19' or 'she turning 18, he 19'? is the gerund form for the verb 'to turn' preceded by objective ...
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gerund and noun applications

This sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Why she's saying ...
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Past Progressive + BEFORE/AFTER + Gerund

Tom Cruise was thinking of a career in the church before finding job in the movies. Tom Cruise wasn't thinking of a career in the church after finding job in the movies. Please tell me, why is ...
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I am considering

I am considering to meet you next Friday. I am considering meeting you next Friday. I would like to ask you: Is the continuous form (consider) possible in my sentence? Is it possible to use the ...
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Is it correct to write these two gerunds in succession?

I'm speaking about this precise sentence: I would like to contact you because I work for a firm in which we are considering defining a text editor for all our Android apps: Is there any rule to ...
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relative clause or object complement

Note that because every 2-element subset chosen from a set of 5 elements corresponds to a unique 3-element subset consisting of the elements not chosen. My questions concern whether consisting of the ...
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having + past participle vs past participle

What is the difference between the following two examples: Faced with a bill for $10000, he has taken an extra job. Having faced (with?) a bill for $10000, he has taken an extra job. Or another ...
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Can I replace “to fish” with “fishing” in the sentence “Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”?

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Would you tell me whether I can replace "to fish" with "fishing"? Give a man a fish, and you ...
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Prefer to vs prefer than

Which one is correct, explain with reasons. 'He prefers to watch hollywood movies because they have good stories' or 'He prefers watching Hollywood movies because they have good stories'. Please also ...
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To + ing question

I've been having a hard time trying to understand this specific grammar point: the "to + ing" structure. So my question is: Which sentence is correct? Work hard to stand out from the crowd. Or Work ...
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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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be beyond (the) winning?

I saw a quote by Lao Tzu that inserted "the" in the following. Is it correct? Note that most versions do not contain "the." By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it ...
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He likes skiing and she loves walking

Can anyone explain to me what you call this type of sentence form in English? Other examples: she likes skiing - I like reading - I love cycling - We hate driving ... It's not a Present Continuous as ...
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“gerund + and/while + gerund + is”; which is more common, 'and' or 'while'?

Drinking and driving is dangerous.[1] Texting and driving is dangerous.[2] Yes, texting while driving is criminal.[2] Both styles are common, are both grammatical too? And which is more ...
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Does “- ing “make verb noun?

When “-ing” comes after verb , does it make it noun like : A legislation contains giving some right to homeless people.
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“Don't let you being tired affect your enthusiasm” Is it correct

Well, I know that I can colloquially say: It has nothing to do with you being poor The whole bolded phrase acts as a noun or gerund. Can I apply the rule so that the phrase acts as an object of a ...
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Pronoun Problem

1)Unless two or more members object to him joining the club , we shall have to accept the application for membership. My book said him must be replaced by her/his because gerund is followed by ...
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Can “a gerund phrase” modify a noun?

A few even have experience working with the United Nations.(https://ludwig.guru/s/experience+working+with) (https://www.forbes.com/1999/09/13/freeman_0913.html#338ea1d5720f) I have experience ...
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What is the difference between “when” and “in doing”?

I know that the phrase "in doing something" has a meaning similar to the conjunction "when", but I don't know their difference. For example, which of the following sounds natural?: I always ...
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Which one is correct Is or Are?

"Measuring blood pressure and also heartbeat is/are important for everyone" "is" or "are" ? Why? I think "is" is correct but I'm not sure. Is the word "also" important here? Does it add another ...
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saying it was the only thing she knew how to cook, and she rarely made it well

Narrator: Her husband Carl always teased her about her macaroni and cheese, saying it was the only thing she knew how to cook, and she rarely made it well. TV Series: Desperate Housewives I don'...
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“Tea drinking” vs. “tea drunk” in this context

Which of these two is preferred? A: Tea drinking is a British custom B: Tea drunk is a British custom P.S. What is it called when we say tea drinking instead of drinking tea? Also, can we ...
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Complements: -ing form or infinitives

Not sure if this was already discussed, but I am confused about the use of -ing form/infinitives as complements. I've found in several threads in Stack Exchange that the verb "to be" has to be ...
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prefer doing vs prefer to do

Just saw this: "prefer ~ing" / "prefer to infinitive" and I am wondering if there are any differences between "prefer doing" and "prefer to do". I have read a book about grammar ...
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“Boring”: gerund or to-infinitive?

I came across this the other day, but found this strange: It is never boring going into space. You get to experience... Should it be: It is never boring to go into space? You get to experience.....
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Is “I was wanting to know” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: I was wanting to know if I could sent you a link. It does not sound correct to me.
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verb form: require or requiring?

An Australian colleague of mine wrote the following sentence: How many toilets requiring maintenance is difficult to foresee. I'd like to know whether the verbal requiring is in the correct form ...
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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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The infinitive and the gerund in the sentence “He didn't hear me say/ing that.” [duplicate]

Someone who are not a native English speaker wrote me about someone "He didn't hear me say that." My question is if it is a mistake, because I am a not native English speaker too, but I would say ...
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The difference between “go to shop” and “ go shopping”

I've been stuck thinking this for a while. Would anyone explain me the difference between "go to shop" and "go shopping".
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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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The verb after “thereby”

I wrote: This may be important in the context of anionic complexes extraction from water because the positive potential on the interface attracts anionic complexes to the interface, thereby ...
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“Rules of using Gerunds”

I have a question reharding the usage of gerunds. Are the following senteces correct? If not, Can you expalin why? Before finishing the project, you need to finish your homework. Before your ...
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Can two ing words be placed together?

He heard a loud thumping coming/come from the direction of the store room . Which one is grammatically appropriate?
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difference between like to be and like being (pleasure or not)

In West Side Story's America song there is this sentence (sung by the girls): “I like to be in America” Why not: “I like being in America” Is it like this other sentence: "I like to brush ...
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The difference between the gerund and the participls

"They prefer buying organic food " in this phrase " buying " us a verb or a noun ...?
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“to go on picnic” vs “going on picnic”

In this sentence: A friend of mine likes ________ on picnic at weekends. Is it "to go" or "going"? I reckon to + verb is usually used for a habit or preference.
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Why using gerund in “What *appearing* in the rest of the issue”

Has the word appearing in the sentence below been used correctly? For example, should it not be "will appear"? As a prelude to this special issue, we decided to write an extended editorial and ...
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Why is it not “paddleboarding positions”?

According to Merriam Webster, paddleboard refers to the board itself. The activity, as Wikipedia suggests, is paddlebarding. Why do these sentences use paddleboard safety, paddleboard positions, ...
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Difference between “Writing English” and “English writing” [closed]

Generally, what is difference between noun + gerund and gerund + noun? For example, writing English and English writing.