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verb talk of + gerund... isn't it strange? Hello! My book says A The gerund may be used as a prepositional object to a verb. We find it after the following verbs: thank for, think of, depend on, object to, insist on, apologize for, succeed in, talk of, etc. Talk of + gerund.... sounds pretty strange to me. Could you give me some examples using this structure? I'd say talk about + gerund are super common, but the book says TALK OF...
Oct 3, 2018 5:36 AM
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Hi Sasha, As requested, here are some examples: 1. In this school, there were talks of [bullying]. 2. There were talks of [demolishing the public square]. 3. For the past year, there have been talks of [merging two schools]. 4. We were pleasantly surprised to know that several inmates were talking of [going to law school]. I hope you are convinced that gerunds or gerund phrases (shown above in square brackets [ ]) are common as objects of prepositions when using "talk of". "Talk of" is used to focus more on some possibility in speech or writing, which makes sense as we "talk of" something (gerunds/gerund phrases). Just as a side remark, "talk of" may be different from "talk about". Take a look at the example below: 5. Today, we are going to talk about travelling. (makes sense, as we will be expressing our thoughts and sharing our vacation experiences and advice) 6. Today, we are going to talk of travelling. (sounds off, as we are not linking this sentence with something previously mentioned; neither are we bringing this topic up as a possibility.) You mentioned that talk about + gerund are very common. In fact, "about" itself is a preposition, so yes, talk about + gerund phrase (as an object of a preposition) is common. Examples: 7. Today, we are going to talk about [travelling] (gerund which is an object of a preposition). 8. Today, we are going to talk about [travelling in Africa] (gerund phrase which is an object of a preposition). Last side discussion (and I know it is not part of a gerund but it just came to my mind): we can also use "talk of the town" to refer to something or someone who is a sensation, and generates interest in many people. (e.g. The double homicide in such a small rural town has quickly become the talk of the town.) I hope this helps.
October 3, 2018
Have you ever thought of running your own business? Have you ever thought of stopping using your smartphone every single day? There you have two examples - I think the nuance is more on the intention / possibility to do something, rather than the thought or the idea itself. Let's wait for a native speaker to correct or confirm :) EDIT AFTER FAILING TO ADDRESS THE RIGHT VERB xD I believe the difference between to talk of and to talk about would be one of register, in that the usage with "of" is more old-fashioned, or I would say even poetic. Citing a song by Mark Knopfler, for instance: "you talk of liberty / how can America be free..."
October 3, 2018
Talk about/talk of are used interchangeably in North American English. As an impression, "talk of" is rarer. I find it in newspapers.
October 3, 2018
Here are some examples of "talk of + gerund": - Prisoners are currently held in wards, but there is talk of introducing a cell system. - For the first time there was talk of ridding the world of the injustice of poverty. - There had also been talk of reducing overseas development aid.
October 3, 2018
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