Interested in Language
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.
Maybe I'm a Luddite, but I can't get too worked up on the issue. ;)-
Excuse my asking again, but does the answer in post 2 mean that my answer is right or wrong.
The upward-pointing thumb shows that Bob agrees with you.
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!')
Honestly, I couldn't understand your post, Bob. Do you mean that …