Is it allowed to use gerund in an analysis?

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Hello,

I'm currently preparing for an english exam next week and I'm wondering if its allowed to use the gerund in an analysis. I've always learned that you have to write in simple present only.

For example:
"The author uses this rhetorical device to provoke sympathy for the black's situation in the last centuries by quoting[!](citing, stating, explaining....)[...]."

I always tried to avoid the gerund in my analysis even though I had to some good ideas which i couldn't realize due to the gerund.

Can someone tell me whether it is allowed to use the gerund or just informally incorrect?

Another question: Is it correct to say "The blacks are/were discriminated" or do I have to say "The blacks are/were discriminated against".


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Welcome to the forum, jktz. :hi:

The gerund is perfectly acceptable. What made you think it might not be?
 
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I've no clue. Maybe I was always confused about present progressive and the gerundium.
But thanks a lot. I always tried desperately to adapt my sentences without using the gerundium, which isn't easy at all :p
 

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'Gerundium'? Where did that suddenly come from?

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I've no clue. Maybe I was always confused about present progressive and the gerundium.
But thanks a lot. I always tried desperately to adapt my sentences without using the gerundium, which isn't easy at all :p

What does ":p" stand for, please?

 

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What does ":p" stand for, please?


It is how some people choose to make a "smiley". It is supposed to look like two eyes and someone sticking their tongue out. You have to turn your screen around 90 degrees to see it. Normally, there is a smiley which looks like that but it doesn't appear in this forum's smilies options.
 

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'Gerundium'? Where did that suddenly come from?


Gerund comes from the Latin gerundium, which itself derives from the gerundive of the Latin verb gero, namely gerundus, meaning "(which is) to be carried out".
Source: Gerund - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(I'm not endorsing using "gerundium" instead of "gerund"; I would just have liked to point out that its usage could be justifiable. ;-) )


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Normally, there is a smiley which looks like that but it doesn't appear in this forum's smilies options.
Indeed it doesn't, but it is actually implemented in the forum's engine. Just put a "nose" (a dash) between the "eyes" (colon) and the "tongue" (P), and lo and behold, it appears. :p ;-)

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:-P


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Odessa Dawn,

You might find this useful: List of emoticons :)
 

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I think it is a mistake of jktz. Maybe, the intended characters are :) because the "P" is close to ")" in keyboard. :)
 
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