Asked • 05/14/19

Noun or non-finite subordinate clause?

Consider the following sentence: > The government wants to encourage understanding of science. Now, "to encourage understanding of science" is a non-finite subordinate clause functioning as an object. What about "understanding of science"? Is that also a non-finite clause? Or is "understanding" considered to be a noun? > Learning is an easy process for some. Here, is "learning" a noun or a non-finite subordinate clause functioning as the subject of the whole clause? I'm inclined to say that "understanding" is a noun, whereas "learning" is a non-finite clause. However, I don't know what this intuition is based on.

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