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!
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.
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