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    dear editor,

    1.what is the difference between: lawyer, attorney and barrister?
    2.what is the difference between gerund and present participle?

    thanks a lot
    abdirahman hassan
    islamabad, pakistan.

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    A lawyer is a general term- in the UK, we have solicitors (general lawyers) and barristers (specialists)- both are lawyers. In the States, attorney is used.
    A gerund is the -ing form when acting as a noun:
    Smoking is bad for you. (Smoking = subject of the verb 'is')
    A present participle is the -ing form when part of a main verb or an adjective:
    It's an interesting idea. (adjective)
    I was working all night. (main verb)

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