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That takes some getting used to.


Generally, it is said that the 'getting' above is a gerund, which works as a noun, and it's the object of the verb 'take'.

Another example:
That takes a lot of getting used to.


Here, certainly the 'getting' is like a noun because it has 'a lot of' in front. However, what about this case?
This takes some time getting used to.


In this case, it seems like the 'getting' works as a participle. Then, isn't it possible to consider the 'getting' in the first example as a participle as well?
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Hello Taka

I would say that the first getting-used-to has to be a gerund phrase as well, as its qualified by 'some'.

The third example sounds a little strange to me (AmE?) – I would have expected:

1. This will take time to get used to.
2. It takes some time to get used to (XYZ).

I'm not quite sure how to parse #3, either – if 'getting used to' is a gerund phrase, what case is it in? But if it's a participle, what is its subject?

'Dangling ellipsis' seems the likeliest explanation...but of what?

MrP
Is it that strange?? I've seen many of them.
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Hi Taka - I would agree that "this takes some time to get used to" sounds better than "this takes some time getting used to." I don't think I want to claim the latter as an accepted American variant! In fact, in recent threads I've had trouble coming up with examples where the infinitive was okay but not the gerund, or vice versa, but this seems to be one of them. I'm not saying that no one would say it, but it doesn't sound quite right.

p.s. -- is Taka a common name in Japan? I knew someone at Harvard by that name once.
Maybe with context, the phrase would be explicable.

1. My mother's new boyfriend has been living with us for a month now. This takes some time getting used to.

This we can paraphrase as:

2. Getting used to the fact that my mother's new boyfriend has been living with us for a month takes some time.

There is one problem, though: if 'This' is the subject, in the original sentence, what is 'getting used to'?

Perhaps a restatement, with ellipsis. If we insert a comma:

3. This takes some time, getting used to =>
4. This takes some time, getting used to (it)

where 'it' = 'the fact that my mother's new boyfriend etc'.

That said, I'm more inclined to take it as an amalgam of these:

5. This takes some getting used to.
6. This will take some time to get used to.

MrP
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MrP.

Amalgam. That seems to be one of the possibilities.

khoff.
p.s. -- is Taka a common name in Japan? I knew someone at Harvard by that name once.


Yes. It's a common name. To be more precise, it's a nickname for Taka-something, such as 'Takashi', 'Takanori' (for males), and 'Takako', 'Takayo' (for females).

So, there are many Takas here, but the possibilitiy is that their true names are different from each other.