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    decorating/feeding

    I wonder if "decorating and feeding" is gerund or anything.
    1. You did a good job decorating the classroom.
    2. I got a job at a zoo feeding giraffes.


    If 1= You did a good job of decorating the classroom,
    I think "decorating" is gerund, am I correct?

    If 2= I got a job at a zoo which feeds giraffes,
    I think "feeding" is participle, am I correct?

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    Re: decorating/feeding

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if "decorating and feeding" is gerund or anything.
    1. You did a good job decorating the classroom.
    2. I got a job at a zoo feeding giraffes.


    If 1= You did a good job of decorating the classroom,
    I think "decorating" is gerund, am I correct?

    If 2= I got a job at a zoo which feeds giraffes,
    I think "feeding" is participle, am I correct?
    ***Not a teacher***

    I believe both of these are participles. As I understand it, a participle is a verbal adjective (or verbal adverb in some cases). So in both your examples, the phrase is verbal and describing a noun.

    'decorating the classroom' is an adjectival phrase regarding the job.
    'feeding giraffes' is also an adjectival phrase describing the job at the zoo.

    A gerund is a verbal noun.
    'Running is good for your health'.

    Ade

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