student asking question

Why is "doing" necessary in this sentence? Can't I just say "drawing"?


Native speaker’s answer


Great question. Actually here the word "drawings" is the plural noun meaning pictures. It is not acting in its verb form. Because of that you need a verb before it to show the action, in this case, "doing". Taking doing out of the sentence would make it grammatically incorrect. You would have to change the sentence to "the children were drawing" in order to maintain grammatical correctioness. Ex: I'm drawing a picture for school. = I'm doing a drawing for school.

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