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    participal or gerund

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    I myself wavered between a number of dreams when I was young: wishing to follow in th footsteps of Christ or Albert Schweitzer and go off to Africa to save the masses of starving poor there; wanting to become a great author and write novels that would teach people the meaning of life; and longing to travel around the world and explore exotic lands.

    About "wishing", "wanting", and "longing", are they participals or gerunds? IMO, they are all gerunds, but I'm not very confident...

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    Re: participal or gerund

    they are all gerunds. remember a verb + ing is considered as a noun if it is the subject of the verb, the object of the verb, or the object of the preposition.

    allei :wink:


    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
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    I myself wavered between a number of dreams when I was young: wishing to follow in th footsteps of Christ or Albert Schweitzer and go off to Africa to save the masses of starving poor there; wanting to become a great author and write novels that would teach people the meaning of life; and longing to travel around the world and explore exotic lands.

    About "wishing", "wanting", and "longing", are they participals or gerunds? IMO, they are all gerunds, but I'm not very confident...

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    Their all gerunds there, IMO. I'd say they were dependent on the preposition 'between'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd say they were dependent on the preposition 'between'.
    So would I.

    tdol, if there were a comma instead of a colon before "wishing", do you think you can still easily understand it as a gerund?

    As far as I'm concerned, if it were a comma, I would be in great confusion.

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    It shouldn't be a comma there, but I suppose some might use one. This, however, would be due to ignorance; many British have little idea about punctuation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It shouldn't be a comma there, but I suppose some might use one. This, however, would be due to ignorance; many British have little idea about punctuation.
    Right. It shouldn't be a comma there. But suppose if it were a comma. Then do you think it's possible to take "wishing" as a participal? Or do you think whether it's a colon or a comma, "wishing" cannot be a participal?

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    tdol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It shouldn't be a comma there, but I suppose some might use one. This, however, would be due to ignorance; many British have little idea about punctuation.
    Hello tdol,

    Where can I find "easy" :) comma rules

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    Try 'Mind the Stop'. I enjoyed the bestselling 'Eats, shoots and leaves', too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Try 'Mind the Stop'. I enjoyed the bestselling 'Eats, shoots and leaves', too.
    Is that an answer for my question, or for Ulli's?

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