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    Do you accept the '-ing' words as sounds?

    1. the ringing of a telephone
    2. the strumming of a guitar
    3. the screeching of brakes
    4. the howling of a wolf

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    Re: sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Do you accept the '-ing' words as sounds? Yes, I do.

    1. the ringing of a telephone
    2. the strumming of a guitar
    3. the screeching of brakes
    4. the howling of a wolf - Howling is an adjective.
    I am not a teacher so I hope a native speaker or a teacher to have an input here to cut the doubt.

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    Re: sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Do you accept the '-ing' words as sounds?

    1. the ringing of a telephone
    2. the strumming of a guitar
    3. the screeching of brakes
    4. the howling of a wolf
    Not a teacher.

    The root words are certainly describing sounds. "Onomatopoeia" is the technical term for words that imitate the sound they are naming.

    Adding the "-ing" is not necessary, but not wrong. You could just as easily say "the ring of the phone" or "the screech of the brakes."

    (And "howling" is a noun as used here.)

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