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Gerunds

How to identify Gerunds and their Use
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Ryan Sharp

on 30 April 2010

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Transcript of Gerunds

Gerunds What is a gerund?
A gerund is a verb, ending in "-ing," that functions as a noun. What does that Mean? Well, we start with a verb (an action word) that ends with the suffix "-ing":
Running
Dancing
Cooking
Falling
Breaking
etc. It means we use that verb in a way that it operates, not as an action, but as an activity or event. For instance, the word "running" could be used as part of the verb phrase in a sentence:

The boy went running down the street.

In this way "running" is an action that is being preformed by the subject (the boy in the sentence.)
Yet, in order for "running" to be a gerund, we will need to think of it as an activity or an event:

Running is the boy's favorite exercise.

In the sentence, the boy is not actually running. "Running" is an activity that the boy enjoys. That makes it a gerund! For more info please visit:

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/gerund.htm
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