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fw



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:05 pm    Post subject: overcoming Reply with quote

Hello, everyone.

Which is the underlined word “overcoming” in the passage below, #1 or #2?
1. gerund
2. present participle(=adjective)

There are practical problems involved in bringing a big number of foreigners here, bu the number one obstacle surely is overcoming popular prejudice. unlike countries such as Australia and Canada, Japan has never experienced a major wave of immigration.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, FW.

You wrote:

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Which is the underlined word “overcoming” in the passage below, #1 or #2?
1. gerund
2. present participle(=adjective)

There are practical problems involved in bringing a big number of foreigners here, but the number one obstacle surely is overcoming popular prejudice. unlike countries such as Australia and Canada, Japan has never experienced a major wave of immigration.


Comments:

In the passage that you quoted, overcoming is a gerund (an -ing verb form used as a noun): "overcoming popular prejudice" is a predicate nominative which is the equivalent of "one obstacle."

I hope these comments are helpful.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, doliver, for your reply.
It really helps.

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