1. I stopped talking.
2. I am talking.,
and began pondering. 'stopped' in #1 does the same thing as 'am' in #2. Auxiliary. Aspect auxiliary. talking = direct object of 'am'? No! talking = direct object of 'stopped'? I very much would like to think that it is not.
In grammar there are no facts, only interpretations. What do you think?
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