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    #1

    knowing

    AIDS victims suffer knowing that there is not yet a cure for their disease.

    I would like to know if "knowing" is a Gerund or a Participle.

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    #2

    Re: knowing

    I would say it's a participle.

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    Re: knowing

    The initial letters of 'gerund' and 'participle' should not be capitalized.



    'Knowing is the direct object of 'suffer'; it is therefore a gerund.

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    #4

    Re: knowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I would say it's a participle.
    If there had been a comma after 'suffer', 'knowing' would have been functioning as a modifier; it would then have been a participle.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Aug-2016 at 08:14.

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    #5

    Re: knowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If there had been a comma after 'suffer', 'knowing' would have been functioning as a modifier; it would then have been a participle.
    Why did you say everytying in the past? Would it be correct if I rewrite it this way?

    If there were a comma after 'suffer', 'knowing' would be functioning as a modifier, then it would be a participle.
    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.

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    #6

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    I was talking about the post that appeared twenty minutes before I responded. You can talk about the post as it appears before you as you respond if you wish.

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    Re: knowing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If there had been a comma after 'suffer', 'knowing' would have been functioning as a modifier; it would then have been a participle.
    I think a comma is not necessary for it to be a modifier, as in 'A man came in wearing a hat'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: knowing

    You need to explain this further.
    There is a difference between "suffering knowing something" and "suffering, knowing something" which doesn't occur in your sentence.

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