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12 Answered Questions for the topic gerunds

06/24/19

When can the -ing form of a verb be placed before a noun?

My native-speaker's grammatical intuition tells me that: > There is a **sleeping man** under the tree. is fine but > There is a **fishing man** by the river bank. is wrong. Why? I've... more

06/23/19

When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive?

Some verbs are followed by _ing_, e.g. _I enjoy swimming_. We can't say _I enjoy to swim_. Likewise, some verbs are followed by _to_, e.g. _I decided to make a plan_. Which particular verbs are... more

06/21/19

How does one know when to use a gerund or an infinitive?

As a native speaker of English, the gerund version of this sentence sounds better: infinitive: > When used together in chains, > extension methods are an unprecedented > tool **to... more
Gerunds Grammar Clauses

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... more

05/06/19

When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive?

Some verbs are followed by _ing_, e.g. _I enjoy swimming_. We can't say _I enjoy to swim_. Likewise, some verbs are followed by _to_, e.g. _I decided to make a plan_. Which particular verbs are... more

04/23/19

Watched them get married vs "watched them getting married"?

I read the following: " The next day as I watched them get married" How does it differ from the following? Is one more eloquent and accurate than other? "The next day as I watched them *getting*... more
Gerunds

03/15/17

The most important part of playing a sport isn't winning. Winning here is a verb or a gerund ?

I need to know
Gerunds

11/05/14

HELPING a friend is an automatic yes in your body. How is the capitalized gerund used?

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Gerunds

11/25/13

How is the underlined gerund used in the sentence? Try walking if you want to get some exercise.

A.predicate nominative B.subject C.object of a preposition D.direct object
Gerunds Grammar

11/25/13

How is the underlined gerund used in the sentence? Skating is a fun form of exercise.

A.object of a preposition B.direct object C.subject D.predicate nominative
Gerunds Grammar

11/25/13

Which word in the sentence is a gerund? The truck pulled up under the chute, ready for loading.

A.under B.loading C.ready D.pulled

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