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What is a gerund and examples?

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What is a gerund and examples?

A gerund is the noun form of a verb that ends in -ing. For example, playing, dancing, eating. Right away this is confusing for students, as they are used to seeing that form as the continuous/progressive form of the verb (“she is eating”, “they were dancing”).

How do you identify a gerund?

A gerund phrase will follow these rules, which can help you identify a gerund phrase in a sentence:

  1. The phrase will always start with a gerund.
  2. The gerund phrase will either have a modifier, an object or both.
  3. The entire phrase will function as a noun.
  4. The phrase will have singular agreement with a verb.

What are the 5 types of gerund?

Types of gerunds

  • Subjects.
  • Predicate Nominative.
  • Direct object.
  • Object of preposition.

What is a gerund for dummies?

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They can be used as the subject of a sentence the object of a sentence. They can be used afterMoreThey can be used as the subject of a sentence the object of a sentence. They can be used after prepositions. They can be used with fixed expressions.

Is swimming a gerund?

Swimming is a verb; the present participle of swim. Here, it is the subject of a sentence and it can be called a noun. So, swimming is a gerund.

How do you explain gerunds to students?

ESL students need to understand the basic idea that a gerund is an action being used as a thing or idea. When they see a gerund as an activity (a non-physical object), they begin to see the difference between the word as a verb and a noun. Examples: Reading helps students learn English.