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    decoration

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Could you please tell me which of the following is correct?

    She is good at ________.
    a. decorating b. decoration c. decorations

    No.2
    To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.
    Can I replace 'restraint' with 'restraining'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: decoration

    to be good at doing something (decorating)

    As regards your second question, in a word, no.

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    Re: decoration

    She is good at ________.
    a. decorating b. decoration c. decorations 'Decoration' is the correct answer. If you say 'She is good at decorating.' one could ask, 'Decorating what?'

    No.2
    To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.
    Can I replace 'restraint' with 'restraining'? No.


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    Re: decoration

    I have to eat crow. "(D)ecoration" is the correct answer.

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    Re: decoration

    Dear bhaisahab,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    No.1
    If I say "She is good at bread ________."
    Then can I use ''decorating'?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    She is good at ________.
    a. decorating b. decoration c. decorations 'Decoration' is the correct answer. If you say 'She is good at decorating.' one could ask, 'Decorating what?'

    No.2
    To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.
    Can I replace 'restraint' with 'restraining'? No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions to ask:

    No.1
    Could you please tell me which of the following is correct?

    She is good at ________.
    a. decorating b. decoration c. decorations
    As a matter of fact, both a and b are correct answers (as far as the UK is concerned). If the test has been made outside the UK, the only possible answer is b - decorating. Any verb in the position of the object of the preposition at takes the gerund form.

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    Re: decoration

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear bhaisahab,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    No.1
    If I say "She is good at bread ________."
    Then can I use ''decorating'?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    You could say either, 'She is good at bread decoration.' or 'She is good at decorating bread.'


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    You could say either, 'She is good at bread decoration.' or 'She is good at decorating bread.'
    decorate [T]
    I go with bhaisahab on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    decorate [T]
    I go with bhaisahab on this one.
    Same here.

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    Re: decoration

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    As a matter of fact, both a and b are correct answers (as far as the UK is concerned). If the test has been made outside the UK, the only possible answer is b - decorating. Any verb in the position of the object of the preposition at takes the gerund form.
    'Decoration' in the original sentence is not a verb. 'I used to work in Horticulture, I was good at Horticulture'. 'Horticulture' is not a verb.

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