What verb form is this?
In this sentence, what verb form is "washing", the **second** time it is used (the first time i know it is a participle, since it is an adjective modifying the noun "machine". The third time, i know it;s the progressive present verb form. However, the second time is a verb form i don't know what to call. (the fourth time it is used, it is a noun, therefore it is a gerund.)
""A washing machine is used for washing clothes. When i am washing clothes, i use a machine: its the best thing for doing the washing!!"
P.S.: Can you explain your answer please? Thanks!!
- texmanLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
The second usage is as the object of the preposition, "for". So, it is a verbal used as a noun, making it a gerund. The word "clothes" then is the object of the gerund.
- Feenix3Lv 610 years ago
A washing [present participle as adjective] machine is used for washing [gerund object of presposition] clothes.
When i am washing [present participle] clothes, i use a machine: its the best thing for doing the washing [noun]!!"