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    Participle or gerund??

    Hi,

    Can somebody help me to indentify the word "making" in the phrase below. Is a participle or gerund?

    "We were dismayed to learn that our neighbours were untidy, disagreeable, and uninterested in making new friends"

    This could be a gerund because it is the object of the preposition "in".

    On the other hand, this could be a participle because it is an adjective used to describe the noun phrase "new friends".

    What is it? Please help.

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    Re: Participle or gerund??

    Hi mlsbbe

    We were dismayed to learn that our neighbours were untidy, disagreeable, and uninterested in making new friends.
    1. This could be a gerund because it is the object of the preposition "in".

    2. This could be a participle because it is an adjective used to describe the noun phrase "new friends".

    Gerunds can take objects. The object of the gerund making is new friends.


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    Re: Participle or gerund??

    thx

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