Verb forms used as other types of word
When a verb form such as a gerund is used as a noun, or an adjective or such as a past participle is used as an adjective like:
The dripping of the tap
The crying child
The newly promoted worker
is this conversion or just that the gerunds and participles have multiple roles?
This is a great question! Your last two example phrases definitely contain participial adjectives (crying and promoted), but I am less than 100% sure about the first one. I am quite sure that dripping is a gerund here; for example The dripping of the tap annoyed him - dripping is the subject of the sentence. But if it were modified to read The dripping tap annoyed him, then dripping becomes a participial adjective. I am reasonably confident that, as expressed in your example phrase, dripping is a gerund. Here is a useful reference: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-participle-and-a-gerund.htm. And perhaps other experts will weigh in here.
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