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    hi,

    i would like to know if i can use the gerund in situations like this:

    "the took bad decisions, putting all the project in great risk."

    "he made great administrative changes, allowing the company to achieve huge profits".

    is this type of construction possible in english?

    thanks,
    jc

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    jc as far as I can tell, the -ing words you used in your examples are only verbs agreeing with nouns. If you take out and shuffled some words around you'd be left with:

    "they were putting all the project in great risk."

    "he was allowing the company to achieve huge profits".

    A gerund is when an -ing word is used as a noun: e.g. some good writing, terrible driving, awful singing, etc.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    JC as far as I can tell, the -ing words you used in your examples are only verbs agreeing with nouns. If you take out and shuffled some words around you'd be left with:

    "they were putting all the project in great risk."

    "he was allowing the company to achieve huge profits".

    A gerund is when an -ing word is used as a noun: e.g. some good writing, terrible driving, awful singing, etc.

    Hope this helps.

    hi,
    thank you very much!
    sorry by the term "gerund".
    what I really would like to know is if sentences like the
    ones I posted above are possible in the English language.
    if so, are them "good" English?
    thanks again,
    JC

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    Default Re: gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    thank you very much!
    sorry by the term "gerund".
    what I really would like to know is if sentences like the
    ones I posted above are possible in the English language.
    if so, are they "good" English?
    thanks again,
    JC
    Perfectly good English. Would be even better when you finally find your shift key

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    jctgfgerund
    hi,

    i would like to know if i can use the gerund in situations like this:

    "the took bad decisions, putting all the project in great risk."


    I,What is the grammar structure of "the took bad decisions"?
    II. Where is the verb in this sentence?
    Please.

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    Default Re: gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    jctgfgerund
    hi,

    i would like to know if i can use the gerund in situations like this:

    "They took bad decisions, putting all the project in great risk."

    Yes, you can. Also, you can use "at great risk" which is a normal collocation.


    I,What is the grammar structure of "They took bad decisions"? s/v/adj/obj
    II. Where is the verb in this sentence?
    Please.
    .

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    Smile Re: gerund

    It should be "putting the whole project at great risk" not "all the project" or "in great risk"

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    Smile Re: gerund

    Also, depending on whether you are speaking American English or actual English taking/making changes. If you are speaking American English you sould say "they took bad decisions" otherwise it is "They made bad decisions" this implies a very general scope though and I would be more inclined to say "they made some bad decisions, putting the whole project at great risk"

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    Default Re: gerund

    To be honest, I see no problem with the original sentence. There are many ways the same thing can be said/written, and this is one of them. I would hesitate to say that it should/ought never to be used.

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