Re: possessives and gerunds

Subject: Re: possessives and gerunds
From: "Mark L. Levinson" <mark -at- MEMCO -dot- CO -dot- IL>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 1996 13:06:04 +0200

Kip Dale thinks of the phrase "language's changing character" as
containing a gerund but not very elegantly. Brad Connatser thinks
of it as containing a present participle. Like the Certs disputants,
you're both right. What makes the phrase inelegant is that it can
be read in two ways: It can mean that the language changes
character, or it can mean that the language's character changes.
The first way it's a gerund, the second way it's a present
participle.

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