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Questions tagged [gerund]

A non-finite verb form that can replace a noun phrase.

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Finite Nominalised Clauses

Are there any instances in any language where a finite clause can be nominalised? Gerunds in English are non-finite CPs and deverbal nouns lack an inflectional layer altogether. Rome wants [CP to ...
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Are there some languages that do not have infinitives/participles/gerunds?

Are there some languages that do not take their verbs and convert them into verbals (infinitives/participles/gerunds, et al.)? I noticed the Wikipedia article on participles has a number of language ...
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What kind of phrase is Acc-ing gerund?

Here's a sentence I'm working on now. Tom saw [Jane reading the book]. I think 'saw' takes two arguments, "Tom" and "Jane reading the book". But I'm not sure what phrase that is, and what ...
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Is a gerund a part of speech?

As far as I know, there are three levels of units below the clauses: Part of speeches Phrases Roles within a sentence like Subject and Object Now, gerund is being described as a verbal, which is a ...
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Why is the need+concealed passive gerund construction unavailable with polyadic gerunds?

As is well known, the verbs need, require, lack and want, on the one hand, and deserve, justify, merit, warrant..., on the other, can exceptionally take -ING complement clauses with ‘concealed’ ...
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When analyzing a set of corpora, are there any standard practices with regard to the classification of gerunds?

In the article, "How Many Words Do You Need to Know in Spanish (or any other foreign language)? And WHICH Words Should You Be Learning?" I came upon the following: “Assume that a language learner ...
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Is the {-ing} of the gerund a verbal inflectional suffix?

Is the {-ing} of a gerund a verbal inflectional suffix or a nominal derivational one? For instance, in the sentence Swimming is a great hobby. , swimming is a gerund and it has the syntactical role of ...
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Conjugation of the word प्रकटयमास [closed]

I have been reading Sudharma and I have encountered a new type of words such as प्रकटयमास, प्रकटयमासुः and समादिदिशुः. I know what the roots mean. What I don't know is what type of conjugation is ...
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Latin nouns derived from pluperfect verbs

I am trying to understand the logic of Latin nouns derived from pluperfect verbs. For example, we have facta, things done, and scripta, things written, but I thought the pluperfect gerundive would be ...
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Is there a term for a non-finite verb that does that work of gerunds and participles?

To ask the question more exactly, is there a term for a form of the verb that is a) not marked for tense, and b) can syntactically pattern like a noun-phrase or like a noun-modifier depending on the ...
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Gerund as a PP complement

What would be the structure for a phrase like, 'before speaking to him' ? Will 'before' take a CP as the complement and treat 'speaking' like a PRO-ing or is it something else? Somebody please help ...
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Is a Gerund-Participial a “clause adjunct” or a “noun/adjective post-modifier”?

I'm not sure how the "doing my homework" phrase is to be analyzed in the following sentences: I felt good doing my homework. I had trouble doing my homework. I needed help doing my homework. ...
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Can the term “gerund” be linguistically defined?

The Wikipedia entry for gerund starts with a list that shows how the term is applied to various languages. And we can see that what the term actually means depends a lot on the specific language we ...