Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. rock-onn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Malayalam
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2016
    • Posts: 250
    #1

    I need to get this machine working.

    I need to get this machine working by 5 pm.

    Is 'working' gerund here?

    The object is 'machine' so it may not be gerund. 'need' is the main verb and so it is in simple present tense. The 'working' could be a verb but not sure.

  2. rock-onn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Malayalam
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2016
    • Posts: 250
    #2

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    I think 'working' is gerund here.

    'machine working' is the object.

    Not sure yet.

  3. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,827
    #3

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    I consider 'working' a present participle modifying 'machine', the direct object of 'get'.
    I am not a teacher.

  4. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,007
    #4

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    Some modern grammarians make no distinction between the gerund and the present participle. That does save us worrying about something that is of no practical importance.

  5. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099
    #5

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    I'm sorry for offtopic. Rock-onn, may I ask you a question? I wonder why do you always want to know what a part of speech this or that word is? Just of out curisoity.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,827
    #6

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    Your signature says 'Please, correct all my mistakes', and I found some below.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I'm sorry for being off topic. Rock-onn, may I ask you a question? I wonder why do you always want to know what a part of speech this or that word is.? It is just of out of curiosity.
    Please tell me whether the above corrections are correct.
    I am not a teacher.

  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,876
    #7

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    I think the final part of Boris' post was meant to be a question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,827
    #8

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    If so, I think the question should have been 'Just out of curiosity, why do you always want to know what part of speech this or that word is?'
    I am not a teacher.

  9. rock-onn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Malayalam
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Jul 2016
    • Posts: 250
    #9

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    Hi Boris,

    I am just practising identifying the parts of speech and now I am little fast in it. I may go wrong in unfamiliar sentences. This practice made me understand English better. I put much effort in learning English. I believe such practice will help me.

  10. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 7,827
    #10

    Re: I need to get this machine working.

    I found a relevant thread https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...ent-Participle
    MikeNewYork has disappeared, so no arguments will arise again.
    I am not a teacher.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Jul-2011, 18:44
  2. [General] by machine
    By Snappy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 20-Jan-2011, 11:00
  3. The difference of Test machine & testing machine
    By Piak in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2010, 06:17

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •