'Painting' and 'building' can mean both an activity and the end-product of the activity.
Can you name other words like these?
Painting is one of the visual arts. He was painting all day yesterday. This is a beautiful painting by da Vinci.
Building is an engineering discipline. The workers are building a house. That is a very tall building.
Shopping is an activity, you go to the shops and buy things, shopping.
You come home with the results of your shopping, the shopping.
Aah, ok. Didn't know that.You come home with the results of your shopping, the shopping.
Last edited by stefan_kar; 28-Jun-2009 at 17:12.
I can think of a few more, I believe.
"Trimming" (although the noun has to be plural as far as I can tell)
"I am trimming the plants" - "Let me throw away these trimmings."
"Cutting" (same as the above)
"I need total silence while I am drawing" - "What do you think of my drawing?"
"I have trouble writing if I haven't had enough sleep" - "Can you please grade my writing?"
That is all that immediately comes to mind, but I believe there are many more.
[quote=jackolantern;488727]Is this a British usage? It is not used that way in American-English.
What do you call the shopping in the US?
From the way you used it, I am inferring that you meant basically "the things I bought". We don't really have a specific word for it. "My bags", "the things I bought", maybe? I just woke up, so maybe I am not thinking clearly enough to remember what we normally call it. But I have never heard or seen anyone over here refer to what they got as "the shopping"
I've never heard of shoping being used that way either.
If I have been shopping, I would bring home the groceries. Or, my bargains, or my stash if I bought a lot of things.
I am not a teacher.