Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators

COMMUNICATION TIP #96

Owning certain words that end in “ing.”

My writing this tip and your wanting to learn it exemplify how our searching for growth continues. Notice I didn’t say: I (or me) writing, you wanting, and you and I searching.

Those words ending in “ing” are gerunds. They are derived from verbs and function as nouns. If they are nouns, they can be owned. (Joe’s car, Joe’s driving, Ella’s thought, Ella’s thinking, John’s boat, John’s boating.)

Here is the difference between the noun and the verb:

  • We are laughing (verb).
  • Laughing (Gerund) is fun.
  • Jill’s laughing is loud. (Who owns that laugh?)

I encourage your implementing this.