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    verbal noun/gerund

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough tell me whether there is a difference between the following two sentences? I hint in particular at the usage of the verbal noun and the gerund one way or another.

    All their sayings and doings did not impress us.

    His saying so did not impress us.

    Thank in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: verbal noun/gerund

    All their sayings and doings did not impress us = we were not impressed by what they said or did. ("Sayings" is a noun.)

    His saying so did not impress us = what he said did not impress us. ("Saying" is a noun.)

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    Re: verbal noun/gerund

    Hi RonBee,

    Please, excuse my ignorance, but where is the difference? On the one hand there is a verbal noun and on the other hand there is a gerund. In my opinion it amounts to the same thing.

    Regards.

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    Re: verbal noun/gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi RonBee,

    Please, excuse my ignorance, but where is the difference? On the one hand there is a verbal noun and on the other hand there is a gerund. In my opinion it amounts to the same thing.

    Regards.

    V.
    Don't be confused. Function is what is important. In both sentences, the word in question functions as a noun, so it is a noun.


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