Could someone explain to me about Gerund? Tell me about gerund and the example! Thanks in advance :)
Feb 8, 2016 7:33 AM
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Just to support what John has said, a gerund is a verb that is 'doing the job' of a noun. Gerunds are formed by adding 'ing' to the base for of the verb. We mainly use gerunds in three situations. Using John's examples: 1) As the subject of a sentence ---> Flying is fun 2) Following certain verbs ----> I enjoy drinking beer 3) After prepositions ----> Advice about smoking Basically, if you need to use a verb in a situation where you could also use a noun, the verb should be in the gerund form. For example, you could put nouns in all of those sentences above : 'Tennis is fun' and so on. By the way, don't confuse the gerund with the present participle. In a sentence such as 'I am speaking', the word 'speaking' is a present participle, not a gerund. In modern English, the form of the gerund and the present participle is the same, but grammatically they have different functions.
February 8, 2016
It's (basically) a way of using a verb as a noun, by adding -ing: - Flying is fun. - I enjoy flying. - I gave up smoking. - Drinking beer makes you fat. - I enjoy drinking beer. There are many fixed expressions that require the gerund, a little too much to go into here.
February 8, 2016
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