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    Gerund or Present Participle?

    Gerund as subject:

    'Walking to school is good for your health.'

    Gerund as object OR is it the present participle?

    'My Teacher says that walking to school is good for your health.'

    Is the latter the object gerund or the present participle?

    Arrrgh :agrue: !

    Grammar rules drive me nuts!

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    Re: Gerund or Present Participle?

    Quote Originally Posted by atm View Post
    Gerund as subject:

    'Walking to school is good for your health.'

    Gerund as object OR is it the present participle?

    'My Teacher says that walking to school is good for your health.'

    Is the latter the object gerund or the present participle?

    Arrrgh :agrue: !

    Grammar rules drive me nuts!

    atm
    In the second sentence, "walking" is a gerund/noun/subject. The entire noun clause is the object of the verb "says", but the gerund is the subject of that clause.

    An object gerund would be:

    I love swimming.

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