The English Gerund-participle: A Comparison with the Infinitive

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Peter Lang, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 188 pages
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There is considerable confusion regarding the English suffix ing, which is usually treated as progressive. The sentence I regret telling him shows, however, that this is not always the case. The very same form can sometimes evoke an ongoing process and sometimes a completed action. This book brings much-needed clarity to this area of English grammar, proposing a simple coherent explanation based on meaning. ESL teachers will find it a valuable contribution to the focus on form approach. It will also be of interest to linguists as it addresses the problems of tense and control that have been the object of considerable debate.

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Contents

Seeking to Define the Meaning of the ing Form
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Reconstructing the Schematic Meaning of the ing Form
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The Meaning of to
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About the author (2006)

The Author: Patrick J. Duffley is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. He has published extensively in the area of complementation, and he is the author of The English Infinitive (1992) as well as numerous articles in linguistic journals.

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