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    is it right to use a transitive verb in its ing form without an object?

    leasing is more popular than buying nowadays
    I know that I can say leasing a video is more popular than buying one nowadays.
    I do not know whether a transitive verb can be use as an object or subject in its "-ing form" without its object.

    thank you


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    Re: is it right to use a transitive verb in its ing form without an object?

    I know that I can say renting a video is more popular than buying one nowadays.

    I do not know whether a transitive verb can be use as an object or subject in its "-ing form" without its object.

    Write a couple of sentences so that we can see what you mean, what you are unsure about.


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    Re: is it right to use a transitive verb in its ing form without an object?

    thank you,david
    I know that transitive verb must be follow for a object. for exmple, I like them/I don't like them (Not */ like/don't like*),because "like" is a transitive verb, it must follow a object" them"

    I want to know whether a transitive verb can be without a object, when it is used in its "ing form"(gerund). for example, "lease" is a transitive verb , we should says "more people lease a video nowadays.", or" leasing video is more popular nowadays". I wonder whether I am grammatically correct if I say "leasing is more popular nowadays".


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    Re: is it right to use a transitive verb in its ing form without an object?

    Ahh!
    A gerund (or verbal noun), whilst formed from the verb, is no longer regarded as a verb, but a noun - and nouns don't take objects!

    so, yes, "Leasing is more popular nowadays".
    is grammatically correct.


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    Re: is it right to use a transitive verb in its ing form without an object?

    I see
    thank you very much,david

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