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Message from anzaq47 posted on 21-03-2018 at 09:57:56 (D | E | F)
I love playing in the snow. Is the word ,playing a noun or a verb?
Thanks for any reply.
Edited by lucile83 on 21-03-2018 11:46
Re: Nouns and verbs/help from gerondif, posted on 21-03-2018 at 10:13:10 (D | E)
it is a verb turned into a noun by ing called a gerund (my nickname on this site)
Take the verb to paint:
It can be a real verb in the infinitive:
I love to paint my doors green (a precise action, punctual)
I love painting: an action, something I usually do. this gerund is a noun but leans towards the verb.It describes an action.
I love his painting, I love Picasso's delicate painting: This gerung still leans towards the verb, it describes an action, the way Picasso paints. However, it behaves as a noun: it can be subject or object of a sentence: Painting is relaxing. I don't mind painting. I am fed up with painting. It also behaves as a noun because it can have a possessive adjective, a possessive case ('s) or an adjective attached to it.
I like Picasso's paintings: Ah, in this case, paintings in the plural has become 100% noun.
I love playing in the snow. playing is a gerund.
I am playing in the snow: playing is a present participle.
I don't like his playing in the snow: gerund.
I don't like him playing in the snow: present participle.
I don't like to see him when he is playing in the snow : present participle.
There is a difference in meaning:
I don't like his correcting: I don't like his style, his remarks.
I don't like him correcting me : I hate this guy when he thinks he can barge into my life, otherwise, he's ok !
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