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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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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 ...
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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 ...