Display or displaying
I feel a little confused when use "display" and "displaying".
As a title, I would write something like this:
"Display of vehicle license plates"
But somethimes, I would write a sentence like this:
"There are a variety of reasons for not displaying motorcycle license plates. "
I check "Display" in dictionary, it tells me that "Display" can be a noun or verb. So, my question is when it should be used as a noun and when as a verb? Could you please give me some examples? Can they replaceable in some extent?
You need to determine whether the word is a noun or a verb, which is not always easy.
The display of flowers is pretty. Here, 'display' is a noun.
I will display the flowers. Here, it's a verb in the future perfect tense.
The displaying of flowers is an art. Noun.
I am displaying the flowers. Verb in the present perfect tense.
The 'ing' form of a verb is called a participle, and, as I've shown, can be used as a noun or a verb. If it is referring to action, its a verb. If it's referring to an array of flowers, for example, it's a noun.
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This is not a very hard question. Use the words "display" and "displaying" as you use all those words which take the form of verb and noun. Similar words are: paint, show, et cetera... All of these can also be used in both forms.
And, as much as I know, the examples you gave, using the words "display" and "displaying" are both fine. What is that is making you think they are incorrect?
As of replacing, I don't think they can be replaced.
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