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    Participle or Gerund..

    When the 3 friends went for a forest camp, each of them took turns guarding their house at night.

    Is "guarding" a participle or a gerund? I believe it is a gerund, but can't say for sure.

    Is there any easy way to figure out.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Hello, bharosey.
    If it were '[...] took turns in guarding [...]', it would be a gerund which is the object of the preposition 'in'.

    I'm not a grammarian, and this is all I can say about it.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    I would say it is a participle, modifying "turns". If it were a gerund, it would be a noun. Where would another noun fit into that sentence structure?

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, bharosey.
    If it were '[...] took turns in guarding [...]', it would be a gerund which is the object of the preposition 'in'.

    I'm not a grammarian, and this is all I can say about it.
    But isn't "in" implied here?

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would say it is a participle, modifying "turns"
    But then there is a problem. Because, "turns" were not "guarding their house at night".

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by bharosey View Post
    But isn't "in" implied here?
    Hello, bharosey.
    Probably, yes, but I wouldn't worry too much about the distinction in this case; I'd just call it an '-ing form'.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Nobody said they were. The modifier describes what kind of turns the sentence is talking about. Imagine the sentence without "guarding the house at night": When the 3 friends went for a forest camp, each of them took turns.

    Someone would likely ask "Took turns doing what?" "Turns" needs to be further described.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Those still interested can click here to read further opinions.

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    #9

    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    That is an entirely disappointing discussion, but thanks.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    I totally agree with the sentiments expressed by entangledbank. Post #6 in that link.

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