How much should we cut down on -ing forms of words? I know we should cut down on gerunds, and I know the continuous forms of tenses aren't good, and I know to moderate past participals. Still, I've got a few nouns (king, something, ding, bring, thing), some adjectives (skin-devouring acid, upcoming, etc.), some participials (He kicked the door, screaming) that all have -ing. What exactly is the problem here and what should I cut out? I know everything is okay in moderation, but I'd like to know the logic here to know how much to moderate. Can I never again use "upcoming" or "anything" without having to worry about moderation? And now for gerunds: What's the problem with saying "I like boxing" (gerund form) as opposed to "I like to box"? Or is it more that gerund phrases, which I just used in the previous sentence, and not just gerunds are frowned upon? Even more, what's the problem with "I like boxing" as opposed to "I like to box"? What I mean is that someone might actually like to watch the sport of boxing, but not to participate in it. It seems insane that some editors have a hate-on for any gerund, so does that mean I'm never allowed to refer to the sport of swimming anymore?