S.M.’s sophisticated SVOO sentence

S.M.’s sentence:

Describing fables as informative fairy tales gives you a better understanding of what the story and characters are all about

A wonderful observation! Fables are informative fairy tales. I will remember that always.

Fables are informative fairy tales would be a terrific thesis statement.

S.M.’s sentence has an SVOO form. (Click on the chart to enlarge.)

In S.M.’s sentence, describing is used as a noun. In other sentences, “describing” is a verb.

I || am describing Aesop’s fables. [describing is a verb]
Describing Aesop’s fables|| is fun. [describing is part of the noun phrase]
Describing || is fun. [describing is a noun phrase]

I || am swimming. [swimming is part of the verb phrase am swimming]
Swimming || is fun. [swimming is the noun phrase]

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language calls the –ing form of the verb the gerund-participle.

(The S.M. of this post is not the S.M. of this post from March 2012. Same initials, different people.)

Pronoun substitution test for nominals
Richard Nordquist’s about.com page on gerunds
OWL at Purdue: gerunds
OWL at Purdue: participles
OWL at Purdue: infinitives

5 + 2: the 7 ‘canonical’ English sentences
3 ways to combine the 7 sentence patterns
10 basic sentence patterns in the English language
SM’s sophisticated SVOO sentence
DT’s astute observation (reflexive pronouns)

A short overview of English syntax by Rodney Huddleston tablehtml mergecells

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