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    "The number of employees a computer company has, can be seen as a .... of its success in the business world."

    1)measure 2)measuring 3)measured 4)mmeasures

    Why would 2 be wrong?

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    Default Re: measure

    It's not an ongoing thing. It's a past tense "measure." You measure your company and compare it to the size of others.

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    Default Re: measure

    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    "The number of employees a computer company has, can be seen as a .... of its success in the business world."

    1)measure 2)measuring 3)measured 4)mmeasures

    Why would 2 be wrong?
    It's a measure (noun), meaning "evaluation".

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    Default Re: measure

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's not an ongoing thing. It's a past tense "measure." You measure your company and compare it to the size of others.
    But measuring can be a gerund, can't it?

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    Default Re: measure

    Can you give a good reason for using the gerund here- the fact that the word can be a gerund does not necessarily justify its use.
    He went outside for a smoke
    He went outside for a smoking.
    Last edited by Tdol; 04-Jan-2012 at 06:29.

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    Default Re: measure

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Can you give a good reason for using the gerund here- the fact that the word can be a gerund does not necessarily justify its use.
    He went outside for a smoke
    He went outside for a smoking.
    I asked YOU "Why not to use a gerund here".and you ask it back from me!

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    Default Re: measure

    I was replying to your justification that it can be a gerund, which is not a reason for assuming that it can be used. If you use it as a gerund, what would you be doing? In most cases, you would be describing the process, which is not the case here.

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