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    Lightbulb condensing as an adjective o gerund?

    Hi,

    In the sentence below the word "condensing" what role it has? Does the definite article lack or maybe a comma between the words "evaporators" and "condensing"?

    in the early experiments on evaporators condensing steam was used as the heating medium.



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    Re: condensing as an adjective o gerund?

    IMO, the comma option is the simplest and most effective.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: condensing as an adjective o gerund?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    Hi,

    In the sentence below the word "condensing" what role it has? Does the definite article lack or maybe a comma between the words "evaporators" and "condensing"?

    in the early experiments on evaporators condensing steam was used as the heating medium.



    Thanks
    You're right, a comma would make it clearer: 'condensing' is adjectival here, and condensing steam was used in the experiments on evaporators. Without that comma, it's too easy to read it as evaporators that were condensing [verb] steam - which makes sense, but was not intended.

    (I am not a teacher.)

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