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    gerund

    How can I know if the word used is a noun or a gerund? For instance 'loving' can only be an adjective or a verb, but 'flashing' can be both an on-going action and a noun( that's why it takes the plural form 'flashings')?
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    Re: gerund

    You have to look at the word in context, that's all.

    There's a can of olives on the counter.
    Can you hand it to me?

    Did you have any trouble understanding the role of "can" in those sentences?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: gerund

    For instance 'loving' can only be an adjective or a verb
    Where did you get this from and how are you defining a verb? Loving can be a gerund.

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    Re: gerund

    And song writers are grateful for that.

    Loving you... isn't the right thing to do.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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