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Thankful for Gerunds

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Kait Varghese

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Thankful for Gerunds

Gerunds. Gerunds are -ing verb forms that fill noun phrase slots Gerunds function as subjects, direct objects, objects of the preposition, and predicate nominatives. Gerunds as Subjects:
Playing football in the backyard with my family is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition.
Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day Parade is something we do every year. Gerunds as Objects of the Prep:

I will call you after arriving at the office.
Please have a drink before leaving.
I am looking forward to meeting you. Gerunds can also be found in the subject position in the form of a Genitive For example:
Whitney Houston's singing is world renown.

Mrs. Gibson's teaching has helped prepare us for our own teaching careers. I love baking cookies with my grandma.

My roommate detests waking up early on Saturdays. Gerunds as Direct Objects: Gerunds as predicate nominatives:

My favorite sport is swimming.

His new hobby is hiking. Thank you for tuning in to this presentation on gerunds :) (see what I did there?!) One thing to note is that sometimes Gerunds can be easily confused with present participial phrases....

Let me explain the difference! a present participial phrase looks like this:
Running through the meadow, my dog Scooter enjoyed his freedom. this is a phrase that can be easily removed.
it is non-essential! A gerund phrase would be written like this:
My dog enjoyed running through the meadow. This gerund phrase is filling the noun slot of direct object, and is essential to make the sentence complete.
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