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    A question about verbs.

    Is the word 'stop', in the sentence 'They stop labelling themselves as drop-outs' an adverb as it changes the verb 'labelling'? Any help appreciated.

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    Re: A question about verbs.

    Welcome to the forum.

    No. It's a verb.

    They stop.
    They stop what?
    They stop labelling ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A question about verbs.

    "Labelling" (labeling in AmE) is a gerund, a verbal that functions as a noun. It is the direct object of "stop". "Themselves" is the direct object of "labelling". Gerunds retain the ability to take direct objects.

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    Re: A question about verbs.

    Thanks for the replies. At least I'll be able to do some research on gerunds now!

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