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    Default a sleeping baby or a baby sleeping

    a. A sleeping baby is moving now.
    b. A baby sleeping is moving now.
    a. An ideal room temperature for a sleeping baby is warmer than an adult, around 68F (20C).
    b. The snuffling of a baby sleeping is perhaps one of the best sounds in the world.
    What is the difference between a.(a sleeping baby) and b.(a baby sleeping)

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    Default Re: a sleeping baby or a baby sleeping

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshihiro_1 View Post
    a. A sleeping baby is moving now.
    b. A baby sleeping is moving now. Neither of these is natural English.
    a. An ideal room temperature for a sleeping baby is warmer than for an adult, around 68F (20C).
    b. The snuffling of a baby sleeping is perhaps one of the best sounds in the world.
    What is the difference between a.(a sleeping baby) and b.(a baby sleeping) I'd use "sleeping baby" in those examples.
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: a sleeping baby or a baby sleeping

    a. A sleeping baby is moving now.
    b. A baby sleeping is moving now. [COLOR="Red"]Neither of these is natural English.[/COLOR
    ...
    (I'm interested to know what they're supposed to mean though - perhaps 'Babies move even when they're asleep''

    b

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    Default Re: a sleeping baby or a baby sleeping

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    bhaisahab:I'd use "sleeping baby" in those examples.

    Thank you for your reply.

    Then, is "a baby sleeping" not used in other cases?
    (except as a present particle function as a complement)
    If used please tell me what is the difference between "a sleeping baby" and "a baby
    sleeping".

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    Default Re: a sleeping baby or a baby sleeping

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (I'm interested to know what they're supposed to mean though - perhaps 'Babies move even when they're asleep''

    b
    It means that, at this moment, somewhere in the world, there is a baby who is both sleeping and moving.

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