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    being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to know if "being" in "being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed" is a gerund or present participle.

    The whole sentence was created by me and reads as follows:

    Despite the recovery that I have made at long last, however, being housebound is leaving me depressed.

    I think it's a gerund but I prefer to check with you.

    Thank you.

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed



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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Maybe I'm a Luddite, but I can't get too worked up on the issue. ;)-

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Excuse my asking again, but does the answer in post 2 mean that my answer is right or wrong.

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    The upward-pointing thumb shows that Bob agrees with you.

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    Despite the recovery that I have made at long last, however, being housebound is leaving me depressed.

    I think it's a gerund but I prefer to check with you.

    Thank you.
    You don't need 'however'. That function has already occurred with 'despite'.

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Maybe I'm a Luddite, but I can't get too worked up on the issue. ;)-
    I don't think not getting worked up about this makes you a Luddite. Being able to tell a gerund from a present participle lets you decide between a 'smoking jacket' (casual attire) and 'a smoking jacket' (the result of a fire in a wardrobe), but I don't see it as an indispensable life-skill

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't see it as an indispensable life-skill
    You might if you were wearing the jacket.

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    But that life skill is just common sense. If it's a jacket that is smoking, you don't think 'It's a gerund - I'm OK' (which a friend might correct 'Nonsense; it's a participle - get out of there!')

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    Re: being unable to walk outdoors is leaving me depressed

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't think not getting worked up about this makes you a Luddite. Being able to tell a gerund from a present participle lets you decide between a 'smoking jacket' (casual attire) and 'a smoking jacket' (the result of a fire in a wardrobe), but I don't see it as an indispensable life-skill

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    Honestly, I couldn't understand your post, Bob. Do you mean that


    ... if writers don't know the difference between “rack” and “wrack,” or between a gerund and a participle, why should we trust them on anything else?
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