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    gerund vs. participal

    hi can anyone help me... i am trying to figure out how to tell the difference between a gerund and a participal...i am confused! thanks:)

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    Re: gerund vs. participal

    Quote Originally Posted by jozi209
    hi can anyone help me... i am trying to figure out how to tell the difference between a gerund and a participal...i am confused! thanks:)
    When participals function as nominals, they are adjectives. Gerunds never function as adjectives. They are always subjects or objects. For example,

    Jogging is a lot of fun. (gerund) Test: What is a lot of fun?
    These are my jogging shoes. (participal) Test: What kind of shoes?

    If there are specific sentences you're having trouble with, please post them, and we'll take a look together.

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