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    gerund or simple past

    Hello I have a question for you
    Look at the sentence

    I banked on my friend to plan a surprise birthday party
    For my brother last week.
    I didn't bargain on so many people coming.

    Why in this sentence did it use coming instead came?
    Can anyone explain to me?
    Thanks

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    Re: gerund or simple past

    "Coming" is correct, but I would not call it a gerund. It is a participle.

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    Re: gerund or simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Coming" is correct, but I would not call it a gerund. It is a participle.
    Might you explain to me why it's used coming?
    Thank you so much for wasting your time

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    Re: gerund or simple past

    You need to look up participle on Google. They are used as part of continuous verbs and are also used as as modifiers. In this case the word describes the word "people".

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