Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Awaiting for your guidance

    Could somebody explain to me that, why there is a present contiounous tense appears (taking) after a past tense (suggested) for the sentences below:

    He suggested taking the children to the zoo today.

    Can we put present tense like take ?


    Thank you.

  2. #2
    zaffar is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    58
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Awaiting for your guidance

    Hi,
    In your sentence, "taking" is a gerund. Some verbs are followed by the gerund and some are followed by the to-infinitive; for example " I like to go to the zoo;" on the other hand, some verbs are followed by both gerunds and infinitives without special difference in their meanings. For example, "I've begun taking my classes" or " I've begun to take my classes.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Awaiting for your guidance

    Thank you.

    Do you mean that the word "taking" in the sentence above is not a verb but is a noun ? How am I going to differentiate contiounous tense and gerund in the future ? Any clues ?

  4. #4
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,138
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Awaiting for your guidance

    A present participle is used either with the verb 'to be' as a full verb or as an adjective. If the -ing form is the subject or object of the sentence or after a preposition, it is a gerund:

    Swimming is good exercise. (subject of sentence- gerund)
    I like walking. (gerund)
    On arriving, you should report to Reception. (gerund)

    He's talking to a client. (main verb- present participle)
    It's an interesting book. (adjective- present participle)

Similar Threads

  1. difference b/w awaiting / waiting
    By shasha1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 29-Oct-2009, 15:52
  2. guidance
    By knowledge in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 22-May-2005, 07:58

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •