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    Two gerunds in one sentence

    Is it ok to use two gerunds in one sentence, especially if it's a short sentence like
    "Let's continue keeping on helping people" or does it sound odd?

    Edit: I just realized my example is bad because "continue" and "keeping on" mean almost the same, right?
    So, maybe this one is better: "Let's consider keeping on helping people."
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 07-Dec-2016 at 06:03.

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    Re: Two gerunds in one sentence

    Better:

    Let's continue helping people.

    Note that a gerund is verb used as a noun.

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    Re: Two gerunds in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    Is it OK to use two gerunds in one sentence, especially if it is a short sentence ...?
    Certainly.

    'I enjoy swimming and hiking.'

    (Write OK or okay.)

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    Re: Two gerunds in one sentence

    A: "What are you doing over summer?"
    B: "I'm going to be keeping on helping with the farm."

    You can do it. It won't always be pretty.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Dec-2016 at 09:40. Reason: Added missing word

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    Re: Two gerunds in one sentence

    I think there is only one gerund in your sentence because the first two -ing words are participles.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Two gerunds in one sentence

    That would not bother Quirk et al (1985), Huddleston and Pullum (2002) or Aarts (2011), who see no point in distinguishing between gerunds and participles.

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