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peter123

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Hi there,

Below are the comments on candidates' performance.

A lot of candidates had difficulty in using words precisely, such as 'prevent' versus 'avoid' and 'lend' versus 'borrow'. Another example was using 'unuseful' to mean 'useless'.

Is 'using' in "...using 'unuseful' to mean 'useless'" a gerund? Could you give me more examples about this structure?

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pete
 

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Hi there,

Below are the comments on candidates' performance.

A lot of candidates had difficulty in using words precisely, such as 'prevent' versus 'avoid' and 'lend' versus 'borrow'. Another example was using 'unuseful' to mean 'useless'.

Is 'using' in "...using 'unuseful' to mean 'useless'" a gerund? Could you give me more examples about this structure?

Thanks
pete
I am not sure what you mean, are you sure there is such a word like unuseful?:oops:
If ther is, then I would say unuseful not as strong as useless but the meaning is similar.
 

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Hi there,

Below are the comments on candidates' performance.

A lot of candidates had difficulty in using words precisely, such as 'prevent' versus 'avoid' and 'lend' versus 'borrow'. Another example was using 'unuseful' to mean 'useless'.

Is 'using' in "...using 'unuseful' to mean 'useless'" a gerund? Could you give me more examples about this structure?

Thanks
pete


Have a look at this: Verbals: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives - The OWL at Purdue
 

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How about . . .

Many of the candidates had difficulty using words precisely, such as saying 'prevent' to mean 'avoid' and 'lend' to mean 'borrow.' Another example was their saying 'unuseful' instead of 'useless'.
 
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