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    • Join Date: Feb 2008
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    #1

    Can you tell me how this tense works?

    I loved having my best friend back in town.

    I loved having my mother read to me.

    Thanks!


    • Join Date: Aug 2006
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    #2

    Re: Can you tell me how this tense works?

    Quote Originally Posted by gybbyr View Post
    Can you tell me how this tense works?

    I loved having my best friend back in town.

    I loved having my mother read to me.

    Thanks!
    It works fine, Gyr.









    Just havin' ya on a bit. I'm not 100% sure what you mean.

    I loved the fact that ...

    I loved it when ...


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    #3

    Re: Can you tell me how this tense works?

    Can you tell me how this tense works?
    I loved having my best friend back in town.
    I loved having my mother read to me.


    This is not related to tense - 'loved having' is not a separate form of tense.

    A verb+ing is called a verbal noun, or gerund. These are built from a verb with an '-ing' suffix. They can be used as the subject of a sentence, an object, or an object of preposition.

    Examples of gerunds as the subject of a sentence are:
    Backpacking is a rewarding pastime.
    Stretching can loosen up muscles.

    As an object:
    We all love to go bowling on the weekend.
    He loves eating chips.

    An object of preposition:
    They complained of hearing strange sounds from the next cabin.
    They sang about being eaten by bears to allay their fears.

    And as a complement to a subject:
    One of the most dangerous things to do on the lake is ice-skating.

    You can look up more information about gerunds with the Reference menu on this site, and by googling 'English usage gerund'

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