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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.