Clarify gerunds and participles#
Participles are verbs that end in -ed or -ing and act as modifiers. Gerunds are verbs that end in -ing and act as nouns. Both types of words are useful and acceptable, but they can cause confusion if they are misplaced in a sentence. For example, the word meeting can be a gerund or a participle (or even a noun) depending on its placement in a sentence. When you use gerunds and participles, ensure that the meaning is clear.
|A job can include metadata that schedules the program to run at a specified date and time.||A job can include scheduling metadata that enables the program to run at a specified date and time.|
|Public Cloud is infrastructure that consists of shared resources, deployed on a self-service basis over the Internet.||Public Cloud is infrastructure consisting of shared resources, deployed on a self-service basis over the Internet.|
|Test the certificate by using a browser to connect to your server.||Test the certificate using a browser to connect to your server.|
|When you use a load balancer with a public-facing IP address, this address becomes the IP address of your website.||When using a load balancer with a public-facing IP address, this address becomes the IP address of your website.|
The last example illustrates a dangling modifier. In the "Avoid" example, using doesn't have a subject, so the implied subject is address, which is incorrect. If the implied subject isn't correct, you must revise the sentence to provide a subject for the modifying phrase.
The titles of tutorial or high-level process articles or topics usually start with a gerund. Titles have less context than sentences, so you have to be especially careful to ensure that the meaning is clear.
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|Billing for services||Billing services|
|Changing the DNS settings on Windows||Changing DNS settings on Windows|
|Changing a password||Changing passwords|