In the sentence, "Although he knew he would never be a valuable player in any of the team's games, he poured his heart and soul into practice every day.",
can I replace the noun "practice" into the gerund form, "practising"? While I know the noun form is preferred in the place of prepositional object, which is the place of " something" in "put/pour one's heart into something", I just think the verbal noun - gerund is more effective way to express "to practice every day".
Please notice that both the verb and the noun are spelled "practice" with a "c" in AmE.
You can indeed replace the noun "practice" with the gerund "practicing," but in that case "every day" can be understood to modify "poured" or "practicing," while keeping the noun will make "every day" an adverbial only for "poured." If you want "every day" to refer to "practice," then you should use an adjective:
- Although he knew he would never be a valuable player in any of the team's games, he poured his heart and soul into everyday / daily practice.