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    verb + ing

    What is the technical term for a verbform ending in -ing that modifies a noun.

    standing water
    dancing lights
    etc.
    Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
    Robert G. Allen

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    That's what I thought, too, but englishpage.com says: A gerund is a noun made from a verb by adding "-ing."

    I'm talking about an adjective.
    Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
    Robert G. Allen

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    Try looking up "present participle". I think that's the right animal although it is identical to a gerund and only the use that one puts the word to provides the distinction.
    'Sharing an experience creates a reality.' Create a new reality today.
    'There has to be some give and take.' If I can take my time I'm willing to give it.
    'The most difficult criticism that a writer has to comprehend is silence.' So speak up.

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    Dancing lights. Dancing describes lights.
    Present participle used as an adjective: what the lights do now this present moment. The lights dance.
    "They are dancing lights" implies motion that is not there, similar to saying "they are lights that dance"

    Lights are dancing. Dancing is an action of the Lights.
    Gerund used as a noun: an action, or guise, the lights take on, or become. The lights dance.
    "The lights are dancing" evokes previous understanding of what 'dancing' could mean, that they are dancing with each other.

    Whew, my brain aches

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsmith View Post
    Dancing lights. Dancing describes lights.
    Present participle used as an adjective: what the lights do now this present moment. The lights dance.
    "They are dancing lights" implies motion that is not there, similar to saying "they are lights that dance"

    Lights are dancing. Dancing is an action of the Lights.
    Gerund used as a noun: an action, or guise, the lights take on, or become. The lights dance.
    "The lights are dancing" evokes previous understanding of what 'dancing' could mean, that they are dancing with each other.

    Whew, my brain aches
    I may be reading this wrong but I think the context that Annie refers to is, lights whose light enables people to see in order to dance.
    Sorry if it appears that I'm taking about you when your not here, Annie .

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