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    Gerund? Linking verb?

    My student challenged me to come up with a complete sentence that has only one verb and that verb would end in -ing. HELP! Has any one else heard of this challenge or have the answer.

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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by mark mayne View Post
    My student challenged me to come up with a complete sentence that has only one verb and that verb would end in -ing. HELP! Has any one else heard of this challenge or have the answer.
    Do you think it's possible to have a sentence with only an -ing verb?

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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    Learning is effective.

    It's a sentence that contains only one verb which ends in an "-ing".
    However, this would be way too easy...

    A sentence that has only one WORD (does not matter if it's a verb or whatever) can't exist in my opinion...

    Cheers!

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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Learning is effective.

    It's a sentence that contains only one verb which ends in an "-ing".
    However, this would be way too easy...


    Cheers!
    In your sentence, the verb is "is". "Learning" is a gerund, and a gerund functions as a noun.


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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by mark mayne View Post
    My student challenged me to come up with a complete sentence that has only one verb and that verb would end in -ing. HELP! Has any one else heard of this challenge or have the answer.
    Each grammatical sentence has to have a finite verb. An -ing form is non-finite. If there is no other verb in the sentence, that means there is no finite verb. In this case, by definition, the cluster of words do not constitute a grammatical sentence.

    QED.

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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by mark mayne View Post
    My student challenged me to come up with a complete sentence that has only one verb and that verb would end in -ing. HELP! Has any one else heard of this challenge or have the answer.
    If this is a trick question, and the wording of the question has been correctly reported, then "Please bring me my lunch" would be one of an infinite number of solutions.


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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    bring, cling, ring

    Damn I am blind! And with laclustre power of imagination.


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    I tried bring but acording to the rules I would have to use bringing. I am stumped. My next thought was "Thanks for trying".

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    Perhaps it was a trick question. They weren't specifying that it has to be the the -ing form/participle of a verb, but just a verb that ends in -ing, so that bring, cling, etc. meet the rules.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Gerund? Linking verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by mark mayne View Post
    My next thought was "Thanks for trying".
    But "Thanks for trying." is not a "complete sentence".

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