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    #1

    inflexional or derivational ?

    What is the function of "ing" as a type of morpheme in the following sentence:
    "My mother is always car*ing* and support*ing* "

    Here, -ing forms adjectives from verbs. So, I'm saying it as derivational morpheme. But my teacher is saying it as inflexional. Which one is right?

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    #2

    Re: inflexional or derivational ?

    I'm with you on that one.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    #3

    Re: inflexional or derivational ?

    I suppose you could analyse them in both ways, but I think it makes more sense to think of caring and supporting as adjectives, which makes the -ing morphemes derivational.

    Did you ask your teacher why he/she thinks otherwise? He/she must have a good reason.

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    #4

    Re: inflexional or derivational ?

    In that sentence, "supporting" cannot be a verb, since "support" is a transitive verb. Therefore, those "-ings" are derivational.

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