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English grammar question

Discussion in 'English' started by TheHF5, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. It's not a sentence, since there's no verb. 'Use XYZ for monitoring your private security system,' would be a complete sentence, with an implied subject. If it's ok as an incomplete sentence would depend on the context.
     
  2. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    Isn't XYZ the system? It doesn't seem to make sense in your own terms. I use ms-word and when I get the squiggle underlining my sentences I know you can't beat the system...
    XYZ is for monitoring your private security. So choose XYZ as your private security system.
    XYZ, your private security monitoring system.
     
  3. Yes, to monitor is a verb, but monitoring is a gerund, in this case being used as an adjective to modify systems.

     
  4. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    "XYZ for monitoring your private security system"
    monitoring (present participle of verb monitor) is gerund here but gerunds are never adjectival. A gerund is a participle with noun function.
    (XYZ for [the] monitoring [of] your private security system)
     
  5. Spassky

    Spassky New commenter

    This will clear things up.
    But this won't.
     

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