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Posted by on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 5:56pm.

Many parents are guilty of "cajoling" their children with treats to get them to do something. What does cajoling mean?

a. tricking
b. persuading
c. pleasing
d. bullying

In which of the following sentences is the gerund italicized?

a. Running is Jonathan's first love, but he "struggles" with fitting it in his schedule because of long workdays.

b. Running is Jonathan's "first" love, but he struggles with fitting it in his schedule because of long workdays.

c. Running is Jonathan's first "love", but he struggles with fitting it in his schedule because of long workdays.

d. "Running" is Jonathan's first love, but he struggles with fitting it in his schedule because of long workdays.

1. b
2. I think both c and d are right.

  • English - , Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 6:01pm

    1, correct

    2. Study this site to see which sentence has a gerund.

    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/gerund.htm

  • English - , Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 6:11pm

    Right.

  • English - , Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 6:16pm

    So, what part of speech would "love" be in c? A verb?

  • English - , Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 6:20pm

    No. The word, "love" in c is a noun. It's a predicate nominative following the linking verb, "is."

  • English - , Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 6:22pm

    Love is used as a verb in this sentence.

    Dog owners love their four-legged pets.

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