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    Exclamation gerunds, adjective or noun?

    Hi,
    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?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: gerunds, adjective or noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    Hi,
    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?

    Thanks
    No. The property gradients are not revealing, as they would be if 'revealing' was an adjective (which is not a gerund).
    This format reveals property gradients better. If you want property gradients to be revealed, this format does it better.

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    Default Re: gerunds, adjective or noun?

    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?

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    Default Re: gerunds, adjective or noun?

    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."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(linguistics)

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    Default Re: gerunds, adjective or noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    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?

    Thanks
    A gerund is noun. If an -ing form is used as a modifier, it is a participle. In this case "revealing" is a gerund introducing a gerund phrase. The gerund acts as the object of the preposition "at" and "property gradients" is the direct object of the gerund. We know that "revealing" is a gerund noun because it is a prepositional object.

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    Default Re: gerunds, adjective or noun?

    When the lexical class of any given word is unknown the observer, one might deduce the meaning through its context.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(linguistics)

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