dsc at swcp.com
Fri Dec 13 12:08:01 EST 2002
On Thursday, December 12, 2002, at 03:55 PM, Dar Scott wrote:
> On Thursday, December 12, 2002, at 03:34 PM, miscdas at boxfrog.com wrote:
>> Gerund? Where? Gerunds are nouns that always end in -ing.
> Like dingaling?
Yikes! That looks like it could be read as name-calling. I intended
only to come up with a silly counter example for fun. Some others:
"Reading" as in "Which is larger, Reading, Pennsylvania, or Reading,
"bee sting" as in "When did you get that bee sting?"
"_The_Joy_of_Singing_" as in "How long did it take you to write
"boing" as in "Where did you here the boing?"
I understood the original reference to gerund as a loose reference to
processes in which verbs become part of a noun. I didn't read it to
have a sense that a language arts teacher might use.
I think the particular problem here, related to verbs, is an ambiguity
in referring to an aggregate or to multiple individual instances.
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