Recognise + Gerund

Could anyone please give me an example in which recognise + V-ing can be used?


I think you will need to put a possessive adjective between recognize and the V-ing as in: Everyone recognized his speaking the language fluently.

That is still not correct. The example should be
Everyone recognised that he spoke the language fluently
Everyone recognised that he was speaking the language fluently.

The man was recognised running away from the blaze; he’s confessed to everything.
My sister spotted some teenage girls (whom) she recognised, running away from the burning bicycle.

Just trying to come up with a couple of examples. :slight_smile:

[color=blue]The -ing verb form following “recognise” could be a gerund (noun) or a participle (adjective).

[color=blue]…recognise swimming as good exercise
…recognise buying opportunities early

Your answers are acceptable, but I’m afraid Foreigner meant something like: I enjoy swimming in the pool, He minds lending his car and so on.

The examples are essentially noun objects that happen to end in ‘ing’. The verb element is not there.


Thank you for the examples. I think in both of your sentences the verbs in italics are used as participles. As Anglophile has mentioned, I meant V + V-ing (gerund) in which the firs verb (recognize in this case) should be used in active and take the gerund. Syntactically, gerund has an object position here.

Hello, Dear T_H_Lawrence:

Thank you for the observation! )

You are welcome, dear Foreigner.