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Post by hanuman_2000 » Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:21 pm


He spent his days making money.

He =sub

his days=object(dir. or ind ?)

making money=?

What is function of "making" here?

Can I write like

He spent her days to make money.

I think no, But I have no logic in my hand.


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Post by Alan » Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:15 pm

'Making money' is a gerund phrase, here functioning as an adverbial, since it specifies HOW he spent his days.

You're right that an infinitive may not serve in place of a gerund in this construction.[/i]

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