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The baking cookies taste good

Hi I'm learning English and I want to know if that sentence is correct.



  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018

    Well, it seems to mean

    'The cookies which are baking taste good'.

    This is strange. We can't eat any food while it's in the oven.

    I would prefer something like

    The cookies in the over will taste good.
    We're baking really tasty cookies.

    The verb bake is more often used to describe what people do. Expressions where it describes what happens to something such as

    The cookies are baking

    are more unusual.

    It's also unusual to use

    the __ing NOUN

    as the SUBJECT at the start of a sentence. The only common examples I can think of are with

    • verbs with a meaning of movement e.g.
    The oncoming train
    The approaching crisis

    • verbs with a meaning of ordering or rank
    The leading driver
    The losing runner

    So it sounds strange to say

    The baking cook is a specialist in cookies.

    and doubly strange to say

    The baking cookies will taste good.

    And strangest of all to say

    The baking cookies taste good.

    Very strange is not the same as incorrect. But while you are learning, it's a good idea to avoid saying or writing sentences which English-speakers find strange.

    Now, there is an exception. The word boiling is regularly used in the way you want to use baking. We often say, for example
    in boiling water
    The boiling water is for the potatoes.

    However, we don't use frying or grilling or roasting in the same way. We use the words to mean 'used for' for example
    a frying pan — 'a pan used for frying'
    roasting potatoes — 'potatoes used for roasting' ( before they bcome roast potatoes)

    We use baking in the same way
    a baking tray
    baking potatoes

  • The one who told me that told me that means "the baked cookies taste good" is that good?

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018

    No, it doesn't mean that.

    Baked means 'which have been been baked'.
    Baking means 'which are baking' — which sometimes is the same as 'which are being baked'.

  • But is right gramaticaly speaking?

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    edited February 2018

    I suppose we can imagine a dragon flying in, forcing open an oven door, and eaingt the cookies that are baking inside. If the dragon could speak, it might say;

    The baking cookies taste good.

    But in any normal context the sentence is total nonsense.

    If you're learning a language, it's not a good idea to learn stupid sentences — and think that they're 'good' just because there isn't 100% proof that they're ungrammatical.

    My advice is to FIRST learn a rule that

    __ing forms of verbs (like baking) **do not** come before nouns (like cookies)

    THEN you can learn the few __ing forms that can regularly come before nouns.

  • Only4PetsOnly4Pets
    edited February 2018
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