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    Default gerund or participle

    Is "reading" in "reading material" a gerund or a participle. I thought it is a participle until someone brought up the question of noun-noun construction in English.

    Is "reading material" a gerund phrase in "I don't like this reading material"? Can it show up as a participle phrase?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: gerund or participle

    good question..When is it that we call the ing a gerund and when is it that we call it a present participle? I have this wild guess of when its a conjugated form of the verb, it is a gerund, otherwise, when its used as a noun its a present participle..but to be honest..Im totally at loss here.

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    Default Re: gerund or participle

    Hi,
    I think it's a gerund in its attributive capacity.

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