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Hi,

I have a Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's English Dictionary and taking many looks of it these days, I came up with this query. Please answer if you could.

Why is that some what look like gerunds have an indefinite article, like 'a', before them in the entries in my dictianary; whereas, for the majority of others, the indefinite article 'a' is not in the entry in the dictionary I have? I think it is a known knowledge that placing 'a' or 'an' is allowed as long as the condition is met.

From what I know, a gerund is something that acts as a noun but is from a verbal root.
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Could you give us examples of dictionary entries with and without the article? I don't quite understand your question.

I think it is a known knowledge that placing 'a' or 'an' is allowed as long as the condition is met. What condition do you mean?