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    What's the difference b/w a gerund and a participle

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    Smile Re: gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by yamisivani View Post
    What's the difference b/w a gerund and a participle
    The participle cannot be the subject of a sentence; the gerund can.

    Swimming is good for your health.
    Swimming in the river, she suffocated on some water. (= While she was swimming...)

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    Re: gerund

    Hello; I'm not a teacher nor a mind-reader.


    That's news to me.
    Although it's just a different approach ....


    I'd rather said that active participle can be a gerund.
    Passive participle cannot serve as a gerund.
    The difference is in a function it serves. The function define gerund;its form it's the same as an active participle.

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    The participle cannot be the subject of a sentence; the gerund can.
    So I'd alter the sentence to :
    The active participle isn't be the subject of a sentence; the gerund is.

    Cheers;
    Last edited by Jaskin; 23-Jan-2009 at 13:59. Reason: PS added

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    Cool Re: gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    The difference is in a function it serves. The function define gerund;its form it's the same as an active participle.
    That's exactly what I meant to say.

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