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    I am confused!!


    Hello every body..
    I have three questions and I hope you will answer it..
    I found this title in a newspaper:
    Nicotine Increasing In Cigarette
    1-My question is: what is the kind of the word increasing?..Is it a present continuous or verbal noun? Or can we treat it as both?

    2-And can I say : Increasing Nicotine is a bad thing
    Considering increasing here as verbal noun(subject) not adjective like this sentence:
    Playing football is good for you..
    If yes (why?) .. if no(why?)

    3-what is the difference between these words: public and general?








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    Re: I am confused!!

    1 As it's a headline, the language has been condensed; the complete form would be:
    Nicotine is increasing (present participle) in cigarettes
    2 Yes
    3 Do you mean when we say 'general public'?

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    thank you very much for your answers..
    you don't know how you helped me!..
    Thank you..
    and concerning the last question I mean if we put these two words in a phrase..like:

    public bathroom
    general bathroom

    Best Wishes






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    Re: I am confused!!

    A public bathroom would be understood to be a bathroom for the use of anyone.
    "general bathroom" is not a collocation used as a rule.

    Public access = access for anyone
    General access = access for most people OR principal place of access

    A general manager is a manager who is in overall charge of an office.

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