English as a Second Language/Present continuous tense or gerund?
Look at this sentence: "The only cure is dying."
How to figure out whether "dying" is part of the present continous tense verb form (is dying) or it is a gerund preceded by the verb 'to be'?
In the sentence you asked about "dying" is a gerund.
Here are some rules that should help you tell apart gerunds from the present continuous:
The gerund has the same function as a noun (although it looks like a verb), so it can be used:
as the subject of the sentence
>>> Drinking plenty of water is healthy.
>>> Shopping is my favorite thing.
>>> Can we pass this class without taking the final test?
>>> My sister is good at writing poems.
after certain verbs (like, hate, admit, imagine)
>>> Mary likes swimming.
>>> He hates texting.
in compound nouns
>>> swimming pool
>>> bird watching
When you deal with the a present continuous, you have an action that is happening and is likely to continue.
>>> The neighbor's dog is barking.
>>> My students are working on a community project.
>>> She is watching a movie.
I hope this helps.
Looking forward to more of your interesting questions.