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    Dance (noun) dancing (gerund, noun)

    Please what the difference in use between dance/ dancing?

    Can I say...?

    My favorite hobby is dance.
    My favorite hobby is dancing.

    Also she is a dance teacher. *dancing teacher
    It is a dance class/class of dancing.

    A bit confusing for me.


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    Re: Dance (noun) dancing (gerund, noun)

    Quote Originally Posted by angelus View Post
    Please what the difference in use between dance/ dancing?

    Can I say...?

    My favorite hobby is dance.
    My favorite hobby is dancing.

    Also she is a dance teacher. *dancing teacher
    It is a dance class/class of dancing.

    A bit confusing for me.

    a. My favorite hobby is dance.
    b. My favorite hobby is dancing

    dance:
    1. a special set of movements
    2. a social event that...
    3. an act of damcing
    4. piece of music
    5. the art of music

    There is a difference to me between the two sentences above (a;b):

    a. I like the art of dancing. (It is possible that the referrent of 'I' never dances; I do not know)
    b. I like to dance ( and I dance in my free time for enjoyment)

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    c. dancing teacher -- one that is dancing
    d. dance teacher -- one that helds dance classes

    "dance" seems to restrict the meaning of teacher: not just any teacher, but a dance teacher. Does it mean nouns can have adjectival function? Yes.

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    e. dancing class -- one that is dancing
    f. dance class -- a group of people that is learning to dance or practising dance

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    Does this help you?

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    Re: Dance (noun) dancing (gerund, noun)

    That's right. To simplify, dance is the art you study from age 4 to become Baryshnikov; dancing is what you enjoy on a Saturday night for an hour or two, informally.

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