Gerund supporting or Noun support


I ran into this sentence yesterday and I am wondering whether or not I could change support to supporting.

In short, labor's support among the public is heavily concentrated among Democrats.

For me, support means encouragement from the public, while supporting focuses on the action of supporting, providing help rather than the help that they (the public) give. Therefore, supporting is not the right word to use in such a context. What do you think?

Hồ Quang Trung

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2As I know, "supporting" is an adjective, and "support" here is a noun. So you cannot replace a noun with an adjective. – None – 2016-06-11T07:48:12.843

1@Sina supporting is also gerund and present participle. The OP asked about the difference between using gerund or noun. However, you are absolutely right that supporting is an adjective and usually used before nouns. – Cardinal – 2016-06-11T08:04:07.470

Yes, you are right. I got confused when it comes to some nouns that have the same form with verbs like help, support can both be a Nour or a Verb. And, because they are verbs, there will be Gerund. – Hồ Quang Trung – 2016-06-11T08:10:56.250

1@Cardinal you mean we can use a gerund or adjective after possessive 's', without a noun after it? – None – 2016-06-11T08:19:40.067

1@Ho Quang Trung I think, Languages have a very distinct difference with mathematics- you cannot master them by following generalized rules. Languages are replete with exceptions and collocations and these sorts of things. Personally, I think the only way to become an adapt in Languages is to try and to love ! – Cardinal – 2016-06-11T08:20:22.380

1@Sina Although we can use a gerund after a possessive, I was mentioning the OP's intention. I like Sina's answering the question ! – Cardinal – 2016-06-11T08:24:51.577

How about: Your learning English with me... @Sina – Hồ Quang Trung – 2016-06-11T08:30:02.400

1@ Hồ Quang Trung You used a gurend with a noun. Nothing wrong. I said you cannot use it alone without the presence of a noun like in your question. – None – 2016-06-11T08:33:14.963

I got it. Supporting shouldn't go alone in this case. – Hồ Quang Trung – 2016-06-11T08:54:58.943

In the context of this sentence, "support" could also mean approval (for example, in an opinion poll) or a vote for a "pro-labor" candidate in an election. – David K – 2016-12-24T16:03:20.223



You're right that you can't use supporting here, but the main reason is that in English, "<noun>'s supporting" only works when the noun is the subject of "support". So, these are all fine:

  • the public's support for him
  • his support among the public
  • the public's supporting him

but this is not:

  • *his supporting by the public


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