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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the word in bold in the following sentences?

    “Did you eat bad food? You must report where you got it.”
    Her prying was very annoying. “I did not eat bad food, either. I’m healthy.”

    I know about usage of the word in question as a adjective as in the example bellow:

    prying = insistently or impertinently curious or inquisitive: ignored the prying journalists' questions

    In my opinion the present adjective is used as a substantive conveying “the act of prying”.

    Maybe I can well believe that “prying” is a gerund of “pry” (to look or inquire closely, curiously, or impertinently).

    Last edited by vil; 24-Jul-2011 at 12:39.

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    Re: prying

    You are right.

    'Her prying was annoying' - gerund.

    'The prying jounalists' questions' - adjective.



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