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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2021 8:45:20 PM

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Are they correct?

I ramped up studying.
They ramped down (their) jogging.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 3:05:34 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
Are they correct?

I ramped up studying. "ramp(ed) up" is an idiom, and is often used to mean an increase in something, but "ramp(ed) down" is not commonly used. That is generally "toned down", or simply "reduced".

They ramped down (their) jogging.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:28:27 AM

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FounDit, ok. But is it used with the gerund?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:07:46 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
FounDit, ok. But is it used with the gerund?


Yes, it can be, just as in your example of "I ramped up studying". I would've said, "I ramped up MY studying", but no matter. It's use with a gerund is probably limited, but it works in your example.

I ramped up my thinking.
I ramped up my believing in that.

Audiendus
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:26:32 PM
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FounDit wrote:
I would've said, "I ramped up MY studying", but no matter.

Yes, it sounds odd with a bare gerund.

If you add "my", then "studying" is actually a 'verbal noun' rather than a gerund.
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 11:01:19 PM

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Audiendus wrote:
FounDit wrote:
I would've said, "I ramped up MY studying", but no matter.

Yes, it sounds odd with a bare gerund.

If you add "my", then "studying" is actually a 'verbal noun' rather than a gerund.


Hmm. I didn't think of that, but it seems to me that since I'm talking about a possessive, it would still be a gerund. What about "My dying is expected?" or, "My living is as a welder".

I'm not a grammar expert, so I could certainly be wrong. I just try to explain usage with logic. I don't always get it right.

Edit: Actually, as I think about it, they probably should be "My death is expected" and "MY life is as a welder". But I think the others can be said as well.
Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:19:16 PM
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FounDit wrote:
What about "My dying is expected?" or, "My living is as a welder".

My dying imminently is expected – gerund
My imminent dying is expected – verbal noun

Without my constantly questioning him – gerund
Without my constant questioning of him – verbal noun

The gerund is more 'verb-like'.
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