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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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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