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    Noun or adjective

    A walking boot.(It is adjective)

    A falling tree. (It is adjective)


    A gardening book ( It is noun ,but i think it should be adjective.)

    Please solve my problem by explanation.

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    What is a noun? Gardening or gardening book?

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    gardening book

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    Re: Noun or adjective

    Where did you read that walking boot and falling tree are adjectives?

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    Re: Noun or adjective

    alphaDictionary * Free English Online Dictionary * Word Games (When I opened this online dictionary and enter the words "falling" and "walking" ,and click on search.

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    #6

    Re: Noun or adjective

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    Hi onkar
    Yes, falling is an adjective but you should not forget that it follows a noun. So it works as a noun phrase as a whole.

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    Re: Noun or adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by onkar View Post
    A walking boot.(It is adjective)
    A falling tree. (It is adjective)
    A gardening book ( It is noun ,but i think it should be adjective.)

    Please solve my problem by explanation.
    It is not always immediately clear to everybody exactly what the function of the -ing form is when it precedes a noun.

    1. I have a weekend job; walking dogs earns me some useful pocket money.
    2. Walking dogs don't go far without stopping to sniff a bush or lamp post.
    3. Walking boots can be very expensive.

    In #1, 'walking' is the subject of the verb 'earns' and therefore functions very much like a noun; however, it has a direct object 'dogs', and so functions very much like verb. This type of -ing form is often called a 'gerund'
    In #2, the -ing form describes the dogs, very much as an adjective does; it is also very closely related to the verb in 'the dogs are walking'. This type of adjectival -ing form is often called 'the present participle'.
    In #3, the boots are for walking; 'walking' is a gerund.

    So, we have a walking (gerund) boot, a falling (participle) tree and a gardening (gerund) book.
    Last edited by 5jj; 16-Jan-2012 at 21:19. Reason: typo

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    #8

    Re: Noun or adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by onkar View Post
    A walking boot.(It is adjective)

    A falling tree. (It is adjective)


    A gardening book ( It is noun ,but i think it should be adjective.)

    Please solve my problem by explanation.

    Good question.

    A book about gardening
    A tree that is falling
    A boot that is used for walking

    Falling and Walking are adjectives before a noun, however, Gardening is a noun before another noun. Why is not "Gardening" an adjective? I don't know. Garden is a noun and gardening another one whilst falling and walking come from two verbs: fall and walk.


    I will follow your thread.

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    #9

    Re: Noun or adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by ratóncolorao View Post
    Good question.

    A book about gardening
    A tree that is falling
    A boot that is used for walking

    Falling and Walking are adjectives before a noun, however, Gardening is a noun before another noun. Why is not "Gardening" an adjective? I don't know. Garden is a noun and gardening another one whilst falling and walking come from two verbs: fall and walk.


    I will follow your thread.
    There is a verb "to garden".

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