Noun or verb?



In the sentence below, is "growing and falling" a noun? I assume the verb is "like." How can I know the difference?


An apple is like a child growing and falling. 

asked Mar 04 '13 at 21:31 AZTeach New member

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In this sentence, the verb is 'is'. Like is a preposition, and 'growing' and 'falling' are participles used as adjectives. The prepositional phrase 'like a child' is used as an predicate adjective. I would put a comma after 'child'.


An apple is like a child, growing and falling. 


If you were to add an apostrophe to 'child', it would make 'growing' and 'falling' gerunds, and gerunds are nouns.


 An apple is like a child's growing and falling. 

This doesn't make too much sense, however, because we are now equating an apple with growing and falling.

link comment answered Mar 04 '13 at 22:00 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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