I'm always in trouble with gerunds.
for instance, in the sentence below:
" While it may be difficult to visualize the shape of the density surfaces, this type of format is often better at revealing property gradients. "
"revealing" is an adjective (gerund?). would it transform to the noun if I add "the" before this word?
I would also like to know if the express "revealing property gradients" means the gradients which reveal the property?
Thank you so much.
How could one distinguish the role of such a word?
Could you please explain to me using an instance? Well, as long as there is an article (whether "a", "an" or "the) It's so easy to perceive, but when they lack how one could find out the function of such words?
In order to distinguish the role of such a word I believe it would help if one understands the situational context as much as the semantics because any given English word very likely may belong to several syntactic categories.
"Situational context refers to every non-linguistic factor that affects the meaning of a phrase. An example of situational context can be seen in the phrase "it's cold in here", which can either be a simple statement of fact or a request to turn up the heat, depending on, among other things, whether or not it is believed to be in the listener's power to affect the temperature."
Pope of the Dictionary.com Forum
When the lexical class of any given word is unknown the observer, one might deduce the meaning through its context.