Pluralizing ~ING to ~INGS

mediumWe know that there are a number of ways for verbs to end up with ~ING,
● it’s being there in the first place: [to] ding-king-ping-ring-sing-ting-wing-zing
● through conjugation: to judge – judges – judged – judging
● or when the ~ING forms act/function as nouns: AGINGs BEINGs DOINGs GOINGs ICINGs

Note that in the third type, the ~ING variants can be pluralized (by adding an ‘S’ to them), just like nouns generally can. We should be very careful here though, since the majority of verbs cannot act ‘this way’ (that is, taking an S after ‘being ING-ed’).

Here are some of the most common six-letter ones that can (make a seven-letter bingo):

ACTINGs
AGEINGs
AIRINGs
AWNINGs
BAKINGs
BOWINGs
BOXINGs
CASINGs
COMINGs
DOPINGs
EATINGs
ENDINGs
FADINGs
FILINGs
FIRINGs
GAMINGs
HIDINGs
INNINGs
LACINGs
LININGs
MATINGs
MININGs
NOSINGs
OUTINGs
PAVINGs
PILINGs
RACINGs
RATINGs
RIDINGs
RULINGs
SAVINGs
SEEINGs
SIZINGs
TAKINGs
TIDINGs
TILINGs
TUBINGs
UPPINGs
WAXINGs
WIRINGs

Recognizing these ‘S welcoming ~ING‘ forms could be quite handy, since at least:
● it makes us realize that there is indeed an extra hook available
● it gives us a chance to make a good challenge (when the opponent makes a ‘bad INGs’)
● it could tempt our opponent to make a bad challenge themselves (on our ‘good INGs’)

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2 thoughts on “Pluralizing ~ING to ~INGS

  1. HI, 😀
    Ah, I’ve never learnt English too far from saying “yes”, “no”, “agree”, “on the way home”. And I never play with words seriously, so I found this post as an amazing post because I never know that “-ing” can later be added with “s”. Or, maybe I’ve used it for once or twice, but I didn’t notice it 😀

    • Indeed. If my memory serves me correctly, I didn’t sufficiently learn the difference between present participle (verb) and gerund (noun) either in school back then. And I personally think we can be doing considerably alright with our English without worrying too much about this circus since I guess most people will find it quite confusing—for they look exactly the same (like, ‘walking’ can be either present participle or gerund, what the hell!? 😀 ).

      But one funny thing about playing scrabble is, everybody loves ‘weirdos’—the weirder, the better. 🙂 Glad you enjoy this. Cheers!

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