the gerund


what is gerund?what is its uses and forms?

asked May 30 '13 at 03:14 rodsi mahbub New member

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Val has not supplied a sufficient explanation, because she does not distinguish between a past participle (for example: She is dancing.  I was sleeping.  etc.) and a gerund (Swimming is fun.  I love swimming.)  The short answer is that gerunds can function as the subject or the object of a sentence.  In the sentence Swimming is fun, the gerund swimming is the subject; in the sentence I love swimming, the gerund swimming is the object.   But there are other, more complicated aspects to the grammar of gerunds.  Why don't you check out this link and ask us if you have any more specific questions?

link comment answered May 30 '13 at 13:14 Shawn Mooney Expert

No no no. This business about gerunds being 'verbal nouns that end in -ing is not correct. If it were a noun, it would be called a noun. Avoiding an in-depth gerund discussion, let me make a simple observation. A gerund is a special part of speech that simultaneously functions as verb AND noun - it's not 'either or' but rather 'both and'. Example: Smoking causes cancer. Modify the meaning of 'smoking' (gerund subject) - you can insert 'regular' (adjective) before the gerund, or you can insert 'regularly' (adverb) after the gerund. This means the gerund is simultaneously a noun and a verb. As noun, it can be used as subject or object of a verb (also as object of a preposition). As verb, it can take an object (smoking CIGARS), and it can be transitive. This is the gist, I think - a gerund is a noun-verb or a verb-noun.

link comment answered May 31 '13 at 02:20 Ahmad Barnard Expert

Gerund is a verbal noun ending in -ing.  Like smoking, eating, laughing.

link comment answered May 30 '13 at 06:50 val holmes New member

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