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    Default gerund/present participle

    I like eating oranges but I dislike peeling them.

    Here eating modifies noun `oranges'.

    So can I say `eating' is `adjective present participle'

    Also I think `peeling' is `gerund'.

    Am I right?

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    Wink Re: gerund/present participle

    Both eating and peeling are gerunds.
    "eating oranges" as an adjective/Present participle would mean that oranges can eat - but they usually do not!. Compare: sleeping children
    Last edited by sschwandeg; 26-Mar-2007 at 16:45.

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    Default Re: gerund/present participle

    Welcome, sschwandeg.

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    Default Re: gerund/present participle

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I like eating oranges but I dislike peeling them.

    Here eating modifies noun `oranges'.

    So can I say `eating' is `adjective present participle'

    Also I think `peeling' is `gerund'.

    Am I right?
    The only verb that takes a present participle (i.e., -ing) is the verb BE (is, am, was, were, etc.). Like and dislike are not forms of the verb BE, so they cannot take a present participle. They take objects and, as you know, gerunds function as objects:

    Gerunds
    I like eating oranges. <finite verb + object)
    I dislike peeling them. <finite verb + object)

    All the best.

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