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    Dear teachers,
    I find this sentence is not common in English pattern.
    " It is not worth noting."
    Worth is an adjective and is followed by a gerund--noting.
    Would someone give me another example of this pattern or correct me if my assumption is wrong.
    regards, Korry Lo

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    Re: Uncommon sentence pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by korrylo View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I find this sentence is not common in English pattern.
    " It is not worth noting."
    Worth is an adjective and is followed by a gerund--noting.
    Would someone give me another example of this pattern or correct me if my assumption is wrong.
    regards, Korry Lo
    This is a very common pattern.
    e.g. The film is worth seeing.
    This fact is worth mentioning.
    The specific feature of a gerund here is that it is active in form but passive in meaning.

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    Re: Uncommon sentence pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    This is a very common pattern.
    e.g. The film is worth seeing.
    This fact is worth mentioning.
    The specific feature of a gerund here is that it is active in form but passive in meaning.
    Thank you Clark. Other than the meaning you advised, would you provide another sentence pattern like this one? i.e.adjective+gerund (worth + gerund)construction while I noted that verb+ gerund is common
    Regards, Korry Lo

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    Re: Uncommon sentence pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by korrylo View Post
    Thank you Clark. Other than the meaning you advised, would you provide another sentence pattern like this one? i.e.adjective+gerund (worth + gerund)construction while I noted that verb+ gerund is common
    Regards, Korry Lo
    A sentence pattern like that would be: 'My coat needs cleaning,' where the gerund is also active in form but passive in meaning. If want a combination adjective+gerund, there are a lot of them, but a gerund would be preceded by a preposition: good at singing, responsible for organizing, etc.
    Last edited by Clark; 11-Jun-2008 at 18:44.

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    Re: Uncommon sentence pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    A sentence pattern like that would be: 'My coat needs cleaning,' where the gerund is also active in form but passive in meaning. If want a combination adjective+gerund, there are a lot of them, but a gerund would be preceded by a preposition: good at singing, responsible for organizing, etc.
    Hi Clark,
    Thank you so much. I got it as you mentioned, it has to have a preposition in between the adjective and the gerund. Still adjective + gerund remains unique and rare.
    regards, Korry Lo

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