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    parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    Can a noun and a gerund be used in one parallel construction?

    e.g.
    She likes books and playing sports.
    The company deals with employing and training of people.

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    Re: parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    Yes, though the second is not an example of this.

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    Re: parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Yes, though the second is not an example of this.
    Dear Tdol,
    Could you explain why the sentence
    The company deals with
    employing and training of people
    is not an example for the thread question? Employing is a gerund, but training is a noun here, isn't it?


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    Re: parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    Dear Tdol,
    Could you explain why the sentence
    The company deals with
    employing and training of people
    is not an example for the thread question? Employing is a gerund, but training is a noun here, isn't it?

    For one thing it's not a natural sentence. For another a gerund is a noun, or at least a verb acting as a noun.

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    Re: parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    For one thing it's not a natural sentence.
    What makes it unnatural and how can it possibly be corrected to escape it?

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    Re: parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyrais View Post
    What makes it unnatural and how can it possibly be corrected to escape it?
    It depends on what the company actually does, "employing and training of people" is not very clear.

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    Re: parallel construction with a gerund and a noun

    [I am not a teacher]

    Some companies hire and train their employees so they can perform specific tasks.

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