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    Once a hare was roaming near a lake in a forest. Suddenly he saw a tortoise and mocked at him saying – “Hurry up, you slow coach! Don’t you find life very dull taking so long to cover a few yards? I could have run to the other side of the lake by now.”

    1. I would like to know the subject of "taking"
    2. I wonder if "taking" is gerund or participle.
    Last edited by wowenglish1; 22-Feb-2011 at 07:01.

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    Re: taking

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    Once a hare was roaming near a lake in a forest. Suddenly he saw a tortoise and mocked at him saying – “Hurry up, you slow coach! Don’t you find life very dull taking so long to cover a few yards? I could have run to the other side of the lake by now.”

    1. I would like to know the subject of "taking"
    2. I wonder if "taking" is gerund or participle.
    As far as I know:
    1- "taking so long to cover a few yard" is a participle phrase.
    2- This participle phrase functions as a modifier.
    3- What does it modify? I am not sure, But I might say that it modifies the subject of the main sentence:"you".

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    Re: taking

    I am not a teacher, and the terminology of English grammar is not standardized.

    "Taking" is a participle heading a participial phrase used as an adjective (taking so long to cover a few yards). Such a participle is said to have an object (long) instead of a subject. The phrase modifies a pronoun that is not there, "you" (Don’t you find life very dull [you] taking so long to cover a few yards?) We normally do not bother to repeat the pronoun just so the participle has a playmate.
    Last edited by Coolfootluke; 22-Feb-2011 at 13:26. Reason: tyop

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    Re: taking

    Here's another opinion:

    you / do find life / dull

    (when?) taking so long to cover a few yards

    "find life" is an idiom and acts as a verb in this sentence.

    the "taking" phrase acts as an adverb telling when one finds things dull.

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    Re: taking

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Here's another opinion:

    you / do find life / dull

    (when?) taking so long to cover a few yards

    "find life" is an idiom and acts as a verb in this sentence.

    the "taking" phrase acts as an adverb telling when one finds things dull.
    "an adverb telling when one finds things dull"
    I interprete your opinion this way: it's a participle phrase which modifies the clause before it("Don't you find life dull?").

    I wrote that it modifies the subject of the previous clause, but I was not sure. Your suggestion sounds better to me.

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    Re: taking

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    you / do find life / dull
    [...]
    "find life" is an idiom and acts as a verb in this sentence.
    'Find life' is hardly an idiom. "Find' is the verb, not find life'. Here are some other examples of this verb in use:

    I find life exciting
    Many learners find this forum useful.
    Don't you find such attitudes frustrating?
    George found things very difficult after his dismissal.

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