gerund or verb?
"Unexpectedly, the phone and cell phone stopped working." I know that stopped is the verb, but what is "working?" Is it part of the verb, too? Or a gerund/participle?Thanks.
Such a disagreement is news to me. There is no question in my mind that "working" is a gerund. The verb "stop" can be followed by either an infinitive verb or a gerund, with completely different meanings. "Working" is certainly not a participle. A gerund is a verb that functions like a noun, in that it can be a subject or, as in the case of this sentence, an object. So the distinction between "verb" and "gerund" in the earlier response is unhelpful.
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