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Hi-
Could someone help me out with the following:

After months of study,

or

After months of studying,

I'm pretty sure it's the second one, but it would be nice to have some reassurance. Thanks.
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Both are correct.

In the first, the noun "study" is the object of the preposition "of".

In the second, the object of the preposition is the gerund "studying". A gerund is a present participle that acts like a noun.

As for which sounds better -- and here I am giving you my personal opinion -- I like the first one. To me it sounds crisper.
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Hello Anon

A gerund is the noun-form of a verb. It embodies the process or action of the verb.

So:

1. studying = what happens when someone studies

2. cooking = what happens when someone cooks

3. reading = what happens when someone reads

Because it's a noun, it can be preceded by a preposition:

4. The pleasure of reading. The tedium of cooking.

Because it's also a verb, it can be followed by an object:

5. The pleasure of reading a book. The tedium of cooking parsnips.

As you can see, though, it doesn't have an explicit subject. We don't know who is reading or cooking. The process is detached from its agent. We can therefore use it precisely when we don't want to specify an agent.

Does that help?

MrP
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Doubt 2.

Okay. But my doubt is: I can understand the meaning of it if a say of study (noun), I can undestand the use of : of studying (after preposition), BUT I can't understand the meaning of it as a noun: of studying. Does it mean that : I like "the study" ?? I'm always confused with these verb as a noun after prepositions. I'm good at cooking. etc.

thanks if anyone can solve my doubt, which no books could solve it for me.
TaiwandaveBoth are correct.

In the first, the noun "study" is the object of the preposition "of".

In the second, the object of the preposition is the gerund "studying". A gerund is a present participle that acts like a noun.

As for which sounds better -- and here I am giving you my personal opinion -- I like the first one. To me it sounds crisper.
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