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    Question GERUND OR PARTICIPLE???

    Hello there....here I am with another question

    In the following sentence....

    "Articles written in both English and French are strong selling points for many magazines."

    ....is "selling" a gerund or a P.Participle?

    Thanks for your anwers...

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    Re: GERUND OR PARTICIPLE???

    Adjective. What type of points? Selling points.

    Participles are often used as adjectives.

    The swinging bridge
    The screeching eagle
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    Re: GERUND OR PARTICIPLE???

    Thanks Barb_D for your answer.

    My doubts are due to the fact that in this example "strong selling points" also function as Direct object of the sentence (or at least I think so)


    .....and I know that Gerunds can work as subj, obj or complements.....

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    Re: GERUND OR PARTICIPLE???

    You're right that gereunds act like nouns and can be subject or objects

    "Selling points" is a complement in this sentence, not a direct object.

    However, the primary noun is "points," not "selling."


    The job involves selling. -- In this case, "selling" is a gerund, and is the object of the verb "involves."





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    Re: GERUND OR PARTICIPLE???

    Awesome!!!! I've got it now.....

    Many thanks for your help!!!!!

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