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Posted by Sharpy (U15443143) on Thursday, 4th October 2012
Why would we use the -ING form of the verb in the following sentence, and is this considered the present progressive form?
My mother says that eating candy is bad for you.
Eating candy is bad for you.
Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Thursday, 4th October 2012
I believe that most people would not use the term "progressive."
I believe that we are dealing here with something often called a
"gerund." That is, a word endng in -ing and used as a noun.
"Eating candy is bad for you" is, I believe, something like: "The eating of candy is bad for you." Native speakers simply dropped the words "the" and "of."
For example, if you wanted to, you could say "THE consumption OF candy is bad for you." I think that "Eating candy is bad for you" sounds more "natural."
If you wanted the progressive, perhaps we could say something like:
Mom says that I AM EATING too much candy.
P.S. When you find time, you may wish to check your books (or the Web) for information on the "gerund."
Posted by Sharpy (U15443143) on Saturday, 6th October 2012
very helpful, thank you!
Posted by manzoorelahi (U15440509) on Saturday, 6th October 2012
Well, I agree with parser.It is not the present progressive but actually it is gerund.
walking is good habit.
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