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Postby hanuman_2000 » Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:30 pm


verb like see and feel do not have continous form but I ahve read a sentence


I missed seeing the Prime Minister.

What is meaning of the gerund "seeing" here.


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Postby Alan » Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:20 pm

Don't confuse a progressive tense-form (a FINITE verb-form) with a gerund or present participle - forms that all full verbs possess without exception.

The sentence you cite is rather ambiguous: it could mean either

1) I no longer saw (i.e. met) the Prime Minister, and this made me sad.


2) I was unable, on account of lateness, to see (lit.) the Prime Minister.

Either way, 'seeing' is a gerund here.

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