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  1. Nena Rayo
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    ING doubt

    Hello. My name is Sabrina and I'm from Argentina.
    I'm studying for an exam (again).
    I took that exam and teacher made two corrections i don't understand. I wrote:

    -"The silliest thing i have done is kiss my boss." The correction> "was kissing" my boss.
    -"I think study geography is more interesting than study math". The correction is "studying" not study, the two times.

    My question is> why use ING? Where can i find that rule? is this because there are different tenses in the sentence?

    Thankyou very much.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Hello Sabrina

    • The silliest thing (that) I have done is kiss my boss.

    Note, the noun phrase kiss my boss refers back to the noun phrase silliest thing.
    • The silliest thing (that) I have done is kissing my boss.


    • Kissing my boss is the silliest thing (that) I have done.

    Note, the noun phrase the silliest thing (that) I have done, which houses the verb phrase 'have done', refers back to gerundival Kissing my boss.
    Below, the phrase studying geography sits in a subject position, which makes it a noun. Nouns that end in -ing are called Gerunds. The following is a parallel construction,
    I think (that) studying geography is more interesting than studying math.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hello Sabrina

    • The silliest thing (that) I have done is kiss my boss.

    Note, the noun phrase kiss my boss refers back to the noun phrase silliest thing.
    I have to agree with Sabrina's teacher. I don't much like this sentence either. Is "kiss my boss" really a noun phrase?
    • The silliest thing (that) I have done is kissing my boss.

    This at least could be a gerund noun phrase - "kissing my boss"

    • Kissing my boss is the silliest thing (that) I have done.

    Note, the noun phrase the silliest thing (that) I have done, which houses the verb phrase 'have done', refers back to gerundival Kissing my boss.
    How do the two above sentences differ? One says A is B; the other says B is A.
    R.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Is this sentence fine?

    The silliest thing (that) I have done was to kiss my boss.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Is this sentence fine?The silliest thing (that) I have done was to kiss my boss.

    Many thanks.
    No, with 'was' the simple past is better, 'The silliest thing I did was kiss my boss.'
    By the way, I agree with Ray and sabrina's teacher.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Thank you Bhai, very much appreciated. But...I am not convinced yet.

    See why:

    Quote Originally Posted by Nena Rayo View Post
    I took that exam and teacher made two corrections i don't understand. I wrote:

    -"The silliest thing i have done is kiss my boss." The correction> "was kissing" my boss.

    Her teacher suggested 'was' instead of 'is'...I know...I know the teacher is probably not a native speaker like you, or Ray, or Soup. But... using the perfect tense in such case could mean the action happened in the past and now it somehow explains a fact.

    I have broken my leg. I can't walk now.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, with 'was' the simple past is better, 'The silliest thing I did was kiss my boss.'
    By the way, I agree with Ray and sabrina's teacher.
    The silliest thing I have done so far was TO kiss my boss.
    The silliest thing I have been doing (so far) is TO kiss my boss.
    The silliest thing I could do would be kissing my boss.
    The silliest thing I have been doing (so far) is TO kiss my boss.
    The silliest thing I can do is TO kiss my boss.
    All they did was to kiss their boss.


    Do I HAVE to drop the preposition?

    Many thanks
    Last edited by Offroad; 23-Jul-2009 at 09:25.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Thank you Bhai, very much appreciated. But...I am not convinced yet.

    See why:




    The silliest thing I have done so far was TO kiss my boss. Here I would use 'is kissing'.
    The silliest thing I have been doing (so far) is TO kiss my boss. I wouldn't use the continuous form here.
    The silliest thing I could do would be kissing my boss. Here I would use 'to kiss'.
    The silliest thing I have been doing (so far) is TO kiss my boss.
    The silliest thing I can do is TO kiss my boss. I wouldn't use 'can' here.
    All they did was (to) kiss their boss. This is ok.


    Do I HAVE to drop the preposition? No, but it's not necessary.

    Many thanks
    Bhai.

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    Re: ING doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post

    The silliest thing I have done so far was [I have] kissed my boss.
    The silliest thing I have been doing is [I have been] kissing my boss.
    The silliest thing I could do would be [I could] kiss my boss.
    The silliest thing I can do is [I can] kiss my boss.
    All they did was [they did] kiss their boss.
    I agree substantially with bhai. I think though that there is some room for choice in a few of these.
    One way to get a result is to insert the parallel part of speech into the "kiss the boss" clause, then to ellipt it out again [remove the purple bits].

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    Re: ING doubt

    Thank you very much.

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