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English Grammar Lessons - Gerunds

What Is a Gerund?

A gerund is the form of a verb when it acts as a noun; a gerund (often known as an -ing word) is a noun formed from a verb by adding -ing.

For example:

Swimming is good for you.

Formation: Base Form + ING

Gerunds can act as the subject or object of a main verb.

For examples:

Flying makes me nervous.
Here, gerund is acting as subject.

I enjoy singing.
Here, gerund is object.


These consist of a gerund and the words that modify
and complement it.

For examples:

I love listening. (Gerund)
I love listening to my favorite band. (Phrase).


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