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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 06:01.
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 12:26. Reason: tyop
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.
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.
I find life exciting
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