I learned that "[verb] + ing] is a gerund. But the word "thinking" is a noun. How do I distinguish the gerund and noun?
Answer from a Native speaker
Good question! The noun "thinking" means "thought process," so if you can replace "thinking" with "thought process," it would be a noun. Gerunds can also be followed by an object, but nouns can't! Ex: I'm thinking about going on vacation. => present participle Ex: What is your thinking behind this decision? => noun = What is your thought process behind this decision? Ex: I like thinking about the future. => gerund
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