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    participle or gerund

    Dad went fishing...
    An online grammar site says that "fishing" in the above clause is a participle used as the predicate adjective. I would have thought it was a gerund used as the predicate nominative. Can someone please explain?

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    Re: participle or gerund

    A gerund functions as a subject or an object.

    The verb went doesn't take an object; it's intranstive.

    "Go" may be used as

      • an auxiliary verb with a present participle; e.g., Dad went fishing for clues.
      • a resultative copular with a predicate adjective; e.g., Dad's face went red.

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