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  1. Mehrgan's Avatar
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    'Something's function is .........ing'?!

    Hi there,

    Can we use an '-ing' form after 'function' in the following sentence:

    '...cognitive strategies's function is manipulating or transforming the target language by the learner...'

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    Re: 'Something's function is .........ing'?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,

    Can we use an '-ing' form after 'function' in the following sentence:

    '...cognitive strategies' function is manipulating or transforming the target language by the learner...'
    No. It's just a simple noun.

    It would be better to say: "...cognitive strategies' function is to manipulate or transform...." In this kind of sentence, an infinitive is a better object.

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    Re: 'Something's function is .........ing'?!

    Yes, we can, but your sentence fragment should begin '...cognitive strategy's function...' or '...the function of cognitive strategy...'

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    Re: 'Something's function is .........ing'?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    No. It's just a simple noun.

    It would be better to say: "...cognitive strategies' function is to manipulate or transform...." In this kind of sentence, an infinitive is a better object.
    Charlie, in the original, "manipulating" and "transforming" are gerunds and they ARE nouns. You can change them to infinitives (also nouns) and that is OK, but the infinitives are not verbal objects. They are predicate nominatives (noun complements). Linking verbs do not take a direct object.

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