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    How can I distinguish between participial and gerund phrases?

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    Re: phrasesHow to distinguish

    Take the following examples:

    The painting of the picture is interesting
    Painting the picture is interesting

    A gerund is something like a verb. Notice that the second example has "painting" as a gerund because it is similar to a verb. Its object it: "the picture".

    The word "painting" in the first example however is acting as a noun followed by "of".

    Telling him the truth (Here it is a gerun because it has an object)
    Thinking of the matter (here it is a participle because it is acting like a noun)

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