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    Preposition + -ing form(what a nuisance!)

    I really appreciate your kindness to reply every question.

    Here is what I'd like to ask to you:

    Upon pulling back the blanket, the nurse screamed.
    In this sentence What does 'Upon pulling back the blanket,' mean?
    and Does it have any difference compared with 'On pulling back the blanket,'?
    Last question is 'Pulling' in this sentence is a 'gerund' or a 'present participle'

    I'm looking forward to your kind answer.

    Thank you, all!!!

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    Re: Preposition + -ing form(what a nuisance!)

    [1] Upon pulling back the blanket, the nurse screamed.

    Meaning, when the nurse pulled back the blanket, at that moment in time, she screamed.

    [2] On pulling back the blanket, the nurse screamed.

    [3] Upon is a preposition, and since a preposition takes a noun as its objects, never an adjective, that makes pulling a gerund.

    Does that help?


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    Re: Preposition + -ing form(what a nuisance!)

    Thanks a lot!

    You said [2] was wrong. Why is that? It doesn't make any sense?

    Then, I just want to ask you one more thing.

    'On being introduced, British people often shake hands.'

    What does it mean? and what I really like to know is what makes you decide which preposition to choose between 'on' and 'upon'.

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    #4

    Re: Preposition + -ing form(what a nuisance!)

    As far as i know, both on and upon go fine in your both sentences. Here are some guidelines for using on/upon:


    Guideline#1: Use either ON or UPON to indicate a spatial or non-spacial relationship
    between an action and an object.

    Upon / On shaking hands (shake - action, hands - object)
    Upon / On pulling the blanket (pull - action, blanket - object)


    Guideline#2: Use ON to indicate a spatial/non-spatial relationship between two things.

    She wrote an article ON marriage. (non-spatial, things)
    Please hand me the book over there ON the table. (spatial, things)
    Last edited by bianca; 07-Aug-2007 at 19:31.

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    Re: Preposition + -ing form(what a nuisance!)

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    Guideline#1: Use either ON or UPON to indicate a spatial or non-spacial relationship
    between an action and an object.

    Upon / On shaking hands (shake - action, hands - object)
    Upon / On pulling the blanket (pull - action, blanket - object)
    Great find, bianca. Could you provide your source, please.

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