• Likewise: a gathering when people have already gathered, partitioning when the room has already been partitioned (with partitioning), seasoning after it has already been used to season food, etc. *** I think the reason is that our nouns (mostly) have no temporal component. A verb is made into a noun by adding "-ing" (becoming a gerund, if I am not mistaken), and the gerund serves as a noun that gives no indication as to when the (original) action took place.

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