So one could say, "jedzenie jedzenia" to mean the eating of food? So jedzenie means both "food" and (the act of) "eating"? Do Poles think this is weird? I would imagine it is never really ambiguous so Poles don't really think about it.
Well, it's rare but not unknown to use the English phrase "The eats" to mean food. It would be possible to say "I am eating the eats" although that would be even more rare :-)
As would "Eating the eats". At a party/buffet/informal gathering, it would be more common to say "I'm going to get some eats now".
I don't know "why", but that's how direct objects change when they follow a noun made from the verb.
As in "The eating of sugar..." which is exactly how Eng. could put it in slightly formal contexts.
I see, thank you. I thought the genitive case here was implying an unspecific amount of sugar, like when we say "kilo cukru" or "słoik cukru"
A gerund (verbal noun) has a noun declination.
So in possesive case (noun of noun) for nouns we use Genitive:
- piątka mężczyzn - five men
- rysowanie obrazu - drawing a picture
- rysunek obrazu - drawing of the picture
- szklanka mleka - a glass of milk
- kromka chleba - a slice of bread