2018/01/12

Gerunds What Are They?


Gerund meaning:

Gerund is a verbal, verbal being on of the principal part of the verb, retaining some verb functions the same time it is being used as a different part of speech.


Basics of Using Gerunds

Words that are formed with verbs and acts as nouns are gerunds.  Pretty easy to spot all gerunds are verbs with ing at the tail of the word.  With no exceptions to the rule.  A present participle doesn't act as a noun, alternatively they act as modifiers or complete progressive verbs.  It's this simple, look for a verb + ing that is used as a noun, to find gerunds in sentences.

Some Examples of Gerunds:

Subject of the Sentence

Reading is her favourite pastime.

Studying English has its rewards.

Picnicking in the woods has its downside.

Direct Object

My Aunt Lilly loves travelling.

After a week in the wild, we appreciate sleeping inside.

Johnny enjoys singing in the shower.

Subject Complement

My dogs' favourite occupation is sleeping.

William's daily exercise is running laps.

Jane's hobby is gardening on her rooftop.

The Object of a Preposition

His parents punished him for stealing.

The search party rescued the child by climbing the cliff.

Falstaff attempts to flee by hiding in a laundry basket.

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