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    nominal clause embedded in gerund phrase

    I wrote the sentence: Studying[gerund] whenever you want to [nominal] will cause you to fail[part of gerund phrase]. What did I do wrong?

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    Re: nominal clause embedded in gerund phrase

    Hi Candi,
    Grammatically, it looks correct to me. But it's odd otherwise.
    Cheers

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    Re: nominal clause embedded in gerund phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by candisturdivant View Post
    I wrote the sentence: Studying[gerund] whenever you want to [nominal] will cause you to fail[part of gerund phrase]. What did I do wrong?
    I agree that your sentence is grammatically correct, but I don't agree with your labels.
    The simple subject is the gerund "studying". The adverbial clause "whenever you want to" modifies the ferund and creates a gerund phrase as the complete subject. The remainder of the sentence is the predicate, not part of the gerund phrase.

    IMO, the sentence would make more sense as:

    Studying only when you want to will cause you to fail.

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