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  • n. The form of an English verb ending in "ing" that can function as a noun, an adjective, or a progressive verb.


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  • CGEL term for the ing- form of an English verb. It covers what were traditionally known as the gerund (at least in its verbal uses) and the present participle. As a verb, it can take an object but can't take a definite article:

    Riding skateboards is forbidden.

    *The riding skateboards is forbidden.

    Contrast with the gerundial noun, which is a noun, so can take an article, but can't take an object, so its complement has to be put in a prepositional phrase headed by of:

    The riding of skateboards is forbidden.

    August 7, 2008