Why building when it is already built?

Philippines
February 5, 2007 3:53am CST
English is confusing... i was taught before that -ing words are action words done in the present....like... looking, eating, dancing, singing... but then...why do they say building when a structure is already built?
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
when you say "there's the building that my father built." building here denotes a common noun while built is an action word in its past tense. remember your highschool english?
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• Philippines
6 Feb 07
if all ppl are like the ones who responded in this topic... then maybe everyone would be good so that nobody's got to get humiliated in being grammatically wrong. Thanks for being here my friend.
@darckj (885)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
looking, eating, dancing, singing are verbs in present form.. while the building, on the other hand, can be a verb and at the same time a noun.. but then, so as not to confuse [or be confused] you can use the words synonymous to the word building.. how would you understand this: the building team building the building has a good body building. can you identify what is the role of each word "building" in the sentence.. hey, we are buiulding good grammar in here!
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
nice exercise!!! LOL!!! and I'm confused!!! "The building team building the building has a good body building." ...err... i kinda mixed em all up :) will try later.. thanks :)
@ash2_hot (224)
• India
5 Feb 07
English is funny language. The ing ending words are called gerunds. They are actually added to verbs. Building might be used when you say for eg i am building a castle.(As it is a on going process and you havent completed it.). Now there is another building a noun. For eg I live in that building. So when a structutre is being built we say 'I am building, they are building etc.' but when it is completed we say 'I have built, they have built'. I hope i was able to help you :-)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
:) That's how I wanted this topic to build...Get people to patiently explain the english language according to their (first) knowledge and (second)perception, so that we could learn more from each other. Thank you so much, my friend.
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Build is a verb, the product or result of that action word is the noun, in this case the building. I think there are still some words which are similar to this like cut and what is cut is the cutting. Another is harvest - harvesting; gather - gathering.
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
20 Mar 07
This is an old discussion, but I just found it! I don't know how anyone ever learns English, including those who have it as a native language, like me. It is made of so many different languages it IS confusing! How do you cope with the pronunciation of inconsistant letter combinations? For instance, though is pronounced with a long o sound, but thought has an ah sound. Bough sounds like ow, while through sounds like oo. Then there is enough which is pronounced like e-nuff. I admire anyone who can learn English as a second, third..etc. language!
@tongie (111)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
yes i agree with you. but theirs always a change in some words i dont know why but maybe in your problem is building is better to hear tha to the built...