Is the verb with '-ing' in the phrase or clause "this is my first time eating this" a gerund or a present participle verb?

I think now I see that "this" probably is or means "this time" or "this time of eating this"

And I think "my first time eating this" might also be or mean "my first time of eating this"

Or some would show "my first time of eating this" When they would show "my first time eating this"

Or they would replace the phrase "my first time of eating this" with the phrase "my first time eating this".

What might you think?

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    "Eating" is certainly a verb .Trad grammar would probably call it a present participle. But modern grammar does not distinguish gerunds and present participles, simply calling both ing forms 'gerund participles'.
    – BillJ
    Nov 5, 2020 at 14:16
  • I thought some would think gerund would act as a noun and present participle would act as a verb, an adjective, and an adverb. And I was wondering what is the verb-ing after the phrase "this is my first time". Nov 5, 2020 at 23:13
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    And I was wondering what "this" might be within that phrase "this is my first time". Nov 5, 2020 at 23:13
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    The ing form can be a gerundial noun, as in "I witnessed the killing of the seals", but there is nothing noun-like about "eating" in your example, so it can only be an ing verb.
    – BillJ
    Nov 6, 2020 at 8:20
  • I was thinking you could say "eating this is my first time" also so I thought maybe "eating this" would be a gerund too. Nov 7, 2020 at 18:24


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