Maybe a better example-- Laundering money is illegal. (participal or gerund, still a verb?) The laundering of money is a complicated process. (gerund, but definitely functioning as a noun, and need 'of' for the object.) English doesn't distinguish the two very clearly. --- On Tue, 4/21/09, Ph.D. <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > From: Ph.D. <[log in to unmask]> > Subject: Re: Deriving nouns from verbs > To: [log in to unmask] > Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 7:35 AM > > From: Kelvin Jackson: > >> caeruleancentaur wrote: > >> > >>> Kelvin Jackson wrote: > >>> ...unlike do which requires a preposition to > take an object. > >> > >> I did the deed. > >> I'm doing my homework. > >> She did the dishes. > >> > >> No preposition required. > > > > Okay—it only needs the preposition in some cases. > What about "I did it to > > him"? > > "it" is the direct object of "did" in > this sentence.