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    like reading

    Dear teachers,

    My sister asked me whether the word "reading" in the following sentence
    a noun, or a verb:

    "I like reading"

    I think that it is a verb, but she just doesn't think so.

    Please help teachers.

    Thank you.

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    Re: like reading

    It's called a "gerund." That's when a verb acts as a noun, in the -ing form.

    So, it's a noun in that sentence.

    Gerunds - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    Re: like reading

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    My sister asked me whether the word "reading" in the following sentence
    a noun, or a verb:

    "I like reading"

    I think that it is a verb, but she just doesn't think so.

    Please help teachers.

    Thank you.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) As Soothing Dave told us, those -ing words can be

    very confusing.

    (2) You are 100% correct if you say that "reading" is a verb

    in "I am reading." As you know, "be" + -ing = the progressive.

    She is studying./ We will be sleeping./ It was raining.

    (3) Sometimes, however, the -ing word is used like a noun:

    Someone says to you: "I like something." Of course, you would

    ask "What?" Then your friend would use a noun to explain the

    word "something":

    I like food./ letters./ sports.

    Or you could say:

    I like eating./ writing./ playing.

    Or you could put them together:

    I like eating food./ writing letters./ playing sports.

    Respectfully yours,


    James

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