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    Confused in noun and gerund

    Hi all,
    What is the difference in use between noun and gerund(V+ing)?
    Is either of them interchangable? I've been confused for a long time.

    for example:
    1. please help to speed up the preparation of the hardware.
    2. please help to speed up preparing the hardware.
    3. You can start your testing on these machines.
    4. You can start your test on these machines.
    5. The machines have been sent out for inspection.
    6. The machines have been sent out for inspecting.

    If any of above sentences is incorrect, please correct it.
    Thanks all.
    JoJo
    Last edited by jojocom931; 26-Dec-2013 at 14:11. Reason: correct mistakes

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    #2

    Re: Confused in noun and gerund

    5 and 6 share a grammatical error unrelated to your question. You must say either "the machine has" or "the machines have." "The machine have" is grammatically incorrect. Apart from that, your pairs of statements are correct and equivalent in meaning. I can find nothing to choose between the noun and the gerund construction.

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    Re: Confused in noun and gerund

    "Preparating" does not exist (#2). It's "preparing".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Can I ask here?

    In cases 1, 3, 4, 5 are nouns and 2 & 6 are gerunds?

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    Re: Confused in noun and gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by jojocom931 View Post
    Hi all,
    What is the difference in use between noun and gerund(V+ing)?
    Is either of them interchangable? I've been confused for a long time.

    for example:
    1. please help to speed up the preparation of the hardware.
    2. please help to speed up preparating the hardware.
    3. You can start your testing on these machines.
    4. You can start your test on these machines.
    5. The machine have been sent out for inspection.
    6. The machine have been sent out for inspecting.

    If any of above sentences is incorrect, please correct it.
    Thanks all.
    JoJo
    A gerund is a verbal (-ing form) acting as a noun.

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    Re: Can I ask here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yiagos View Post
    In cases 1, 3, 4, 5 are nouns and 2 & 6 are gerunds?
    When corrected, the second is a gerund. The third and sixth are also gerunds

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    Re: Can I ask here?

    I don't find 2 and 6 natural. (even with the corrections suggested by emsr2d2 and probus).

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    Re: Can I ask here?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't find 2 and 6 natural. (even with the corrections suggested by emsr2d2 and probus).
    6 should be "for inspection" rather than "for inspecting."

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    Re: Confused in noun and gerund

    What's the reason probus?
    Because inspection is noun?

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