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    In the statement 'He stopped smoking cigarettes', what is the grammatical structure of smoking? I thought it was the verb smoke in it's -ing form but apparently it's not.

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    Default Re: grammatical structures

    Quote Originally Posted by smithsruleok View Post
    In the statement 'He stopped smoking cigarettes', what is the grammatical structure of smoking? I thought it was the verb smoke in it's -ing form but apparently it's not.
    I'd say it is acting as a noun but still being a verb with its own object like in "I hate packing suitcases".

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