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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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“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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Gerund or infinitive? “Thank you for letting me know” or “Thank you to let me know”

I'm finishing a letter to a friend by asking the tracking number of a parcel he sent to me. Can I finish my letter with Thank you for letting me know the tracking number OR Thank you to let me ...
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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.
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Gerund vs -ation suffix: preserving vs preservation

I want to say: The end of Modernist era's characteristic is preservation/preserving of historic buildings. Which is more appropriate? Do they have very different meanings? I think they could be ...
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Is the word “saying” a gerund in these lyrics?

I'm bad at love (ooh-ooh) But you can't blame me for tryin' You know I'd be lyin' sayin' You were the one (ooh-ooh) That could finally fix me Lookin' at my history I'm bad at love --...
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Complement of a verb

I am not sure whether my question is correct or incorrect but a question arose in my mind about VERB COMPLEMENT when reading the book namely (Wren & Martin). The sentence was: Seeing is ...
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Is to a preposition in that case

The crazy thing is this record took a total of 9 days from initial idea to having a pressed record in our hands Why "to having" and not "to have"? Is it the same as in" I am not used to doing it. In ...
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When THINK is followed by another verb, this should be with TO or without TO?

Maybe I did not make the question in the best way the first time, I am sorry. What I meant by "basic" form of the verb is the verb without "TO". Another examples related to my doubt: 1.- "I think to ...
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“The books stacked”or “The books stacking”

I'm totally confused. The books stacking on the two top shelves are physics books. The books stacked on the two top shelves are physics books Any ideas? And why?
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Which is the gerund and participle?

What is compound gerund and how would I separate them from perfect participles? Like I heard of his having gained a promotion He went away having forgotten it
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Which is the gerund and participle here?

Having forgotten him, he went away. Is 'having' gerund or participle? Is 'forgotten' gerund or participle? And why?
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Is it idiomatic to use an infinitive after gerund?

for example: 1.stop trying to impress others 2.stop trying to please everyone Can we use an infinitive after gerund? Is it grammatically normal?
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How do you interpret “is always being”? Is it grammatically correct to say?

How do you interpret "is always being"? Is it grammatically correct to say: John is always being generous. He is always being late.
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Should not we use “operation” instead of “operating” in this definition?

I read a definition of vivisection which was: Operating on live animals If operating is gerund we can't use preposition after it. Is it an exception?
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noun and verb usage interchangeably [duplicate]

In the following examples, the world "talk" was used as a verb and as a noun: I look forward to talk to you more soon, enjoy your day! I look forward to talking to you more soon, enjoy your day! ...
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it is (of) no use V-ing / to V

I was told that "it is no use" is followed by a gerund, not an infinitive in current English. What about the "it is of no use"? Does it pattern in the same way? Consider the following: It is no use ...
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“To book” or “to booking”?

I had a debate with my friend (English is not our mother tongue) because I found this phrase bit wierd. We were almost close to booking tickets to London. I thought using 'almost' and 'close' ...
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Is “I don't like girls smoking” a correct sentence?

I have two questions: 1. To express the same meaning as "I don't like girls who smoke." can I say "I don't like girls smoking."? It sounds kind of odd to me but I think it is not wrong. 2. ...
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“is” and “was” in the same phrase: What is the tense? Past or present?

I've come across with the sentence below: that its not affecting me, that was its effect. I've lost the tense of sentence. Is it past or present? The full text is here: As if he could read my ...
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Can we put infinitives at the beginning in order to emphasize them?

In order to emphasize the infinitive, can I change its position? Example, 1-) Your brother has some opportunities to get a better education in the U.K, but to go to the U.S, he doesn't have any ...
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-er suffix help

Is there a word for of nouns with the suffix er but have the base of a verb? Ex. Sleeper, singer, swimmer. a type of noun that performs an action. The closest thing I can find is gerund, but I have ...
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“I work” vs “I am working” / “I live” vs “I am living”?

I just watched two IELTS speaking videos. The first one's result is 8.5-9.0 and the second one's result is 9.0. IELTS speaking Band Score 8.5-9.0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzzOowpCryw IELTS ...