The Present Participle form of the verb used as a noun. It is also called a â€˜gerundâ€™, for example:
Smoking is not permitted.
I donâ€™t like eating a lot late at night.
Although the verbal noun is used as a noun, it also behaves like a verb. The second example can be analysed like this:
Subject Verb Phrase Object
I donâ€™t like eating a lot late at night
Verb Object Adverbial
Because a verbal noun is partly a noun and partly a verb, it can raise questions when preceded by a noun or pronoun.
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