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It seems there are conflicting views among grammar teachers about the question as shown in the following example sentences. Could you help clarify what 'telling people...' 'telling my dad...' are?
I have trouble(problems, a hard time, difficulty) telling people how I feel.
I feel weird telling my dad I love him.
The key to differentiating gerunds from present participles is the role that these words play in a sentence. Gerunds (and gerund phrases) act as nouns; participles (and participial phrases) act as modifiers.
Can you determine the functions of these two phrases in their respective sentences?
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