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    #1

    Exclamation I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    Hello Teachers,
    In the following sentence:
    "I don't see an advantage in Sarah being promoted."
    why should we use "gerund" on the mentioned sentence?!
    because being promoted is subject of gerund or Sarah who is being promoted or because of "in" as preposition we use continues form?!
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    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    As written, it is not a gerund, it is a participle. It would be a gerund if the "Sarah" were changed to "Sarah's".

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    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    As written, it is not a gerund, it is a participle. It would be a gerund if the "Sarah" were changed to "Sarah's".
    Thanks,But at the following source it is as a gerund not participle !
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cghK-Te6oA
    Last edited by nininaz; 14-Nov-2014 at 16:38.

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    #4

    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    With all respect to your source, I disagree. A gerund always functions as a noun. In you r sentence there is no place for a noun after Sarah. If her name was changed to a possessive adjective, then the noun would work.

    Jane doesn't like John drinking on the weekend. In this case, the -ing word is a participle that describes John.
    Jane doesn't like John's drinking on the weekend. In this case, the -ing word is a noun and John's is an adjective.

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    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    But at the following source it is as a gerund not participle
    Mike is right, but many would consider it to be a gerund.

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    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    I will never accept that gerunds and participles are the same.

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    #7

    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    No, but when people use object pronouns, they're usually still thinking of it as a gerund.

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    #8

    Re: I don't see and advantage in Sarah being promoted.

    It's not an objective pronoun unless it is preceded by a possessive adjective.

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