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    Gerund?

    The small stores began closing down because they couldn't compete with the larger ones.

    Is "closing" a gerund and "down" an adverb modifying it?

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    Re: Gerund?

    ‘Close down’ is a phrasal verb. It does consist of the gerund ‘closing’ and the adverb ‘down’ in this case.


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    Re: Gerund?

    Thank you. I have one more question: is "closing" the direct object?


    The small stores began closing down because they couldn't compete with the larger ones.

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