Use "-ing" forms or avoid to use them?

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Example:

1. I received blaming, warning, criticizing and eventually a doubt that I cannot meet the minimum requirements of the job.

2.  I received blames, warnings, criticisms and eventually a doubt that I cannot meet the minimum requirements of the job.

 

I prefer "-ing" forms, but I am afraid they may not be grammatically right.

 

 

asked Apr 17 '11 at 10:06 CF LOK New member

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Not all 'ing' forms are wrong.  The key here is understanding which 'ing' forms are nouns and which ones sound like nouns, but are not actually words. Next, you should consider nouns forms.

 

In your case, the second sentence is better.  But, your noun forms aren't all correct.  For example, 'blame' is a noun, but it is uncountable, like the noun 'milk'.  So you should not write 'blames'.  

 

My rewrite of your sentence would be:

 

I received blame, warnings, criticism, and eventually doubt about whether I could meet the minimum requirements of the job.

link comment answered Apr 18 '11 at 17:24 Kimberly Expert

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