Why does this sentence have verb-ing?


Here is the sentence: 

- She was aware of people starring at her new dress. 


As far as I know, the word starring became a verb+ing because of main verb ''to be''. I don't know whether my explanation is corect. 


Please give me clear explanation about the usage of verb-ing in that sentence!


Thanks in advance!

asked Aug 09 '13 at 18:36 ducdang123 Contributor


ducdang123Aug 09 '13 at 18:36

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The verb in your sentence is 'was', and it is the only verb. 'Aware' is a predicate adjective. It's called a predicate adjective because it on the opposite side of the linking verb of the subject and describes the subject. Think of the verb 'to be' as an equal sign in a math equation - she = aware.

 Now, to your question. 'Staring' is the present participle of the verb 'to stare' and is used in this sentence as a noun. This makes it a gerund . It is the object of the preposition 'of'.  She wasn't aware so much of the people, but what they were doing - staring at her dress.

link answered Aug 09 '13 at 20:16 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

What about this sentence ''John has seem people forgetting their pockets at work''?Is it correct? If so, this sentence has no preposition to make the verb ''to forget'' become present participle.

ducdang123Aug 10 '13 at 02:43

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