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**Ammended 2/12 by Walker**
She writes: "If a gerund is technically a verbal noun then a noun can't modify another noun. But a participle is a verbal adjective, 200mg Valtrex, 10mg Valtrex, which means it has the ability to modify a noun such as switchbacks." In other words, "Wouldn't nail-biting-inducing be a compound participle modifying switchbacks?" She has a good point, Valtrex paypal. 750mg Valtrex, She goes on, "Nail-biting is a satisfying activity, 20mg Valtrex, Valtrex craiglist, " makes at least the first part of the compound into a gerund. But in such a phrase as "nail-biting super-dork," nail-biting would have to be a participle.., 100mg Valtrex. 30mg Valtrex, which would make nail-biting-inducing a double participle. Plus, it is included in a prepositional phrase -- the object of "with" is "switchbacks, Valtrex coupon, Valtrex usa, " which means that neither of the -ing words can be the object; instead they would modify the object. However, none of this makes the phrase any less clunky, nor does it redeem such bad usage on the part of a should-know-better news source."
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