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    Participle or Gerund..

    In the sentence:

    The site of crime quickly turned into the scene of experiments investigating how the crime was performed.

    Here, is "investigating" used as a participle or as a gerund?

    Is there any easy way to identify?

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Somewhere I came across something like:
    'Doing' is a participle in 'someone doing something'.
    'Doing' is a gerund in 'someone's doing something'.

    In your sentence, it should be a participle,

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 08-Jul-2014 at 19:17. Reason: typo

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    What is the source of your quote, bharosey?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    I came up with this sentence myself, since I read a similar sentence in a copyrighted source (and hence couldn't reproduce here).

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    But that's the point...experiments were not investigating how the crime was performed.

    So, it should not fall into category of 'someone doing something'. Hence, it should not be a participle. What do you think?

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by bharosey View Post
    In the sentence:

    The site of crime quickly turned into the scene of experiments investigating how the crime was performed.

    Here, is "investigating" used as a participle or as a gerund?

    Is there any easy way to identify?
    The experiments weren't doing anything. Forensic scientists were the ones investigating the crime.

    The scene of crime was quickly filled with forensic scientists carrying out their investigations.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The experiments weren't doing anything. Forensic scientists were the ones investigating the crime..
    'The research investigates how foreign speakers gain fluency.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...sh/investigate Definition#3
    Does it mean that 'the research' is doing something and thus the subject of 'investigate' can be something instead of someone?

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Doing' is a gerund in 'someone's doing something'.
    That's a present participle.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The research investigates how foreign speakers gain fluency.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...sh/investigate Definition#3
    Does it mean that 'the research' is doing something and thus the subject of 'investigate' can be something instead of someone?
    Strictly speaking, the research is being carried out by people, but yes is the answer to your question for me.

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    Re: Participle or Gerund..

    In my opinion, it should be "The researchers investigated...".

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