LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/JUN/2008 9:58 PM|
Morphologically (i.e. The way words are formed, not concerning their function within a sentence) speding is the -ing form of the verb for it comes from a verb – there might be some exceptions due to historical aspects (from the top of myu head I can think of during but only because it ends in -ing it does not mean it belong to the same category as spending).
Now, syntactically (i.e the way words are arranged and their function within a sentence) spending is a noun in a sentence like the speding of the company for as Quirk's pointed out, before spending one can have a modifier like the, some, this etc.
An interpretation out of the bat; keep demands a noun like in keep the faith or a verb in the ing form, like in he kept going, here I guess one can't have *he kept the going, clearly going is a verb.
Source: Introduction to the English Grammar, Rodney Huddleston, CUP 1984.
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