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    #1

    The men standing behind me

    Is the gerund possible or even preferable in these sentences?

    The men standing/who stand behind me are undercover cops observing/who observe the situation.
    She is a 30 year old woman, divorced, trying/who tries hard earning/to earn money for her kids.

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    Re: The men standing behind me

    These are natural:

    The men standing behind me are undercover cops observing the situation.

    She is a 30 year old woman, divorced, trying hard to earn money for her kids.

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    #3

    Re: The men standing behind me

    Some modern grammarians see little point in distinguishing between gerunds and participles. However, if you are going to, the -ing forms in your sentences are participles.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Feb-2017 at 10:06.

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