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    Smile the use of a participle

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    In the sentence"The 260 wardens who police traffic will have watching out for idling engine offenders added to their duties.", what is the function of the participle "watching",? Is it better to change it to " to watch" or add a comma before it ? What are the reasons behind?

    Thanks so much!
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    Re: the use of a participle

    It is a gerund, the direct object of the verb 'have'. It is correctly used.

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    Re: the use of a participle

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    Dear Sir/ Madam

    In the sentence"The 260 wardens who police traffic will have watching out for idling engine offenders added to their duties.", what is the function of the participle "watching",? Is it better to change it to " to watch" or add a comma before it ? What are the reasons behind?

    Thanks so much!

    REMINDER: NOT A TEACHER

    (1) As a fellow learner, I can understand how confusing such -ing sentences can

    be.

    (2) As Teacher Fivejedjon told us, it's called a gerund.

    (3) I read something this morning that might help you in the future:

    Many years ago, the English people used the word "the" in front of a

    gerund.

    (a) So maybe if you imagine in your mind a "the," it will be easier to understand:

    The wardens will have (the) watching out for idling engine offenders added to their

    duties. (As you can see, the "the" reminds us that the next word is a noun.)

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    Re: the use of a participle

    Thank u both!! TheParser, your note is really helpful, Thanks!!

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