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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it is really an honor for me to do something or It's really an honor for me doing something

Shall I say "It's really an honor for me reading those kind words about my article" or "It's really an honor for me to read those kinds words about my article" I think the first one is ...
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To: infinitive marker or a preposition?

I am not sure when to is a preposition, in these two sentences below to works on the same way for me, however, avoid is not in gerund. Use good judgment to avoid.. It was critical to achieving ...
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I feel like talking with you until you feel better

I feel like talking with you until you feel better. So my question is that is "until you feel better" in a correct tense? especially when the main clause is "talking with you". Maybe I should say I ...
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To infinitive and gerund can be an object of the verb teach?

To infinitive and gerund can be an object of the verb teach? I wonder these sentences are grammatically correct or incorrect and reasons. 1) I teach you to speak English. 2) I teach you speaking ...
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Using non-completed sentences with gerunds

These lines are from an American sitcom. I come across "non completed sentences" a lot. I suppose this is how Americans speak informally. A: His pants were too tight. B: Yeah, yeah. B: ...
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Which one should I use 'gerund' or 'to infinitive'? Also can 'since' only be used with a simple past?

Which one is correct? It has been two years since I started to work here. It has been two years since I started working here. It has been two years since I had started working here. It has been two ...
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Passive form of sentences

What is the passive form of such these sentences: I enjoy watching TV. I don't like playing football. or I don't want to play football. I'd like to drink a cup of tea. In normal sentences usually, ...
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I always get confused between be and being can anyone solve my problem [duplicate]

I don't want you to be here again. I don't want you being here again. 'Being' is always a problem for me. I can use all gerunds but not this one. Please help.
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Subject + v-ing at the beginning of a sentence

A: I will help you to get your girlfriend out of jail. B: That makes him very happy and says this: "My dreams are coming true. You and me saving my lady together. " I saw this dialogue in a tv-...
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Can ING with would be used

I miss going out with my friends I miss to go out with my friends. According to this https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxt-xAK6Fb0 1 is correct. Now I want to know which one is correct if we use 'would' ...
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Is “meeting you here” the appositive of “a coincidence”?

What a coincidence meeting you here! Today, I came across this expression for the first time. I have three questions of this sentence. Is "meeting you here" the appositive of "a coincidence"? If 1 ...
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“I’m reading so slowly it’s going to take me about three weeks to finish the writing.” - Where is the mistake?

I was given the following task: Correct the mistakes in the forum message: Can anyone helping (1)? I’ve just got my essay to write about personality but the articles I’ve found are too ...
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Is “ending” in “the first sign of something ending” an adjective(participle) or a gerund?

In Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the idiom the beginning of the end is defined as below. the first sign of something ending I am not sure whether ending is a participle that functions as ...
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The grammar and meaning of “Surveying the slow parade…” and onward [closed]

I was riding my bike through a small town when traffic slowed to crawl. Peering ahead, I saw an officer beside his patrol car holding what appeared to be a gun. But as I got closer, I realized ...
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proud to or proud of: what is the best choice

Shall I say proud of doing virtually nothing or proud to do virtually nothing I think the first one sounds less idiomatic but I don't know why
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Can “volunteer” take a gerund as its direct object?

For example, I volunteered supporting people living on the streets. Can we regard "supporting peope living ~ streets" as "the direct object" of "volunteered"? I think we can and a more natural ...
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Can “boast” take a gerund directly as its object?

Searching the internet to know whether it's grammatically correct to use "boast" with a gerund as its direct object, I just came across this sentence in a book For one thing, not many towns can ...
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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 this an example of a gerund or a participle?

this is my first time asking a question in ELL, so I am sorry if I broke any rules. In the following sentence, is tapping a gerund or a participle? His tapping finger on the change mat speeded up ...
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Can {this/that/it} refer to “infinitive or gerund” when it is the object of “do”?

For example: I just thought it would be very hard for her to move the desk on her own, so I did {that/it} for her. ("that/it" is referring to "to move the desk") To me, moving the ...
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Why “being stripped” was used in this example ? Why not “to be stripped”? [duplicate]

The warning from the European commission could lead to that country being stripped of its European rights.
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Use of as if in my question

(I picked A but according to my book correct answer is B , why can't l use A ? ) Question is : We were not fortunate enough to attend a tea company while in japan,but we_____as if we____the guests of ...
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Can we use “to be stripped” instead of “being stripped” in this sentence?

The warning from the European commission could lead to that country being stripped of its European rights. (As far as l know we must use infinitive after nouns )
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Why can't l chose much or far instead of quite?

I solved a problem in which l picked wrong answer and the question is the part of text which has blank to be filled . Text is very long so l want to give a part of the text . "I don't like reading ...
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Can “decide” take a gerund as its direct object?

I've come across these sentence written by English novelists by googling. (I've confirmed that they're English native speakers by googling their names) After a while, finding that nothing more ...
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to ensure Trump and Bolton are stopped

The only way to win this war is to ensure Trump and Bolton are stopped before they start it. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/opinion-parsi-war-with-iran_n_5abd46fde4b055e50acc2e82 I would like to ...
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Why gerund cannot be used with plan as a direct object?

I've seen lots of answers that it isn't correct to use "to infinitive" instead of "gerund" with "plan", but not seen any answers explaining why. To my way of thinking, these sentences below seem to ...
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A question regarding the conjunction “when”

I understand that: 1) A gerund is used after the prepositions "After" and "Before". 2) Is it the same in the case of a verb following the conjunction "When"? Does the verb in -ing that follows the ...
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I am confused about “-ing form”

What is the difference between -ing form + noun and noun + -ing form ? For example: Learning English and English learning Please answer in general, not just about the example. Thanks a lot for your ...
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A gerund problem

I am given two questions and I have to identify whether the gerund is used as subject, object, complement, or used after a preposition. Asking questions is easier than answering them. He ...
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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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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 ...