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    Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Hi,
    Would you please let me know if we need to use adjective or adverb in the following sentence?

    "Parents' generously supporting their children may at times give them the feeling..."


    "Parents' generous supporting their children may at times give them the feeling..."

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Use "generously".

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    "Parents' generously supporting their children may at times give them the feeling..."
    I am not a teacher.

    It should be parents not parents'.

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    It should be parents not parents'.
    Without the apostrophe, would 'supporting' be a participle instead of a gerund?

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    I am not a teacher.

    If we use the adverb 'generously' to qualify 'supporting' it can't be a gerund.
    Last edited by Roman55; 30-Aug-2014 at 18:35. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    It should be parents not parents'.
    Thanks. Would it be totally wrong to use apostrophe? I think I once read it's more common to use it without apostrophe while in formal writing it's accepted to use it.

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    #7

    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Actually, as a verbal, a gerund can be modified by an adverb.

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Does it mean a gerund can be modified by either an adverb or an adjective?
    For example, you can keep fit by regularly/regular taking exercises.

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    I am not a teacher.

    That would be, 'You can keep fit by regularly taking exercise' or, 'You can keep fit by the regular taking of exercise'.

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    Re: Should ve use 'adjective' or 'adverb' in such sentences...?

    Also 'You can keep fit by exercising regularly'.

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