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    #1

    I would say

    I would say that asking a student for his or her marks is like asking a woman her age or a man his salary.


    Does "asking" a present participle in the above sentence?

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    #2

    Re: I would say

    No. It is a gerund that functions as a noun.

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    #3

    Re: I would say

    Is there any way to identify whether any word is gerund or present participle? I always get confused with gerund and present participle.

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    #4

    Re: I would say

    You would recognize them by their function in a sentence.

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    #5

    Re: I would say

    Why is knowing that important to you, Anil?

    Most native speakers neither know nor care what the difference is between the -ing forms.

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    #6

    Re: I would say

    I want to understand the concept, if any, for my knowledge.

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    #7

    Re: I would say

    If an -ing word functions as a noun, it is a gerund. In any other use, it is a participle.

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