english gerund and its usage
Gerunds are nouns built from a verb with an '-ing' suffix. They can be used as the subject of a sentence, an object, or an object of preposition. They can also be used to complement a subject. Often, gerunds exist side-by-side with nouns that come from the same root but the gerund and the common noun have different shades of meaning.
Gerunds can be verbs that act like nouns. An example is as follows:
Studying is good for everybody.
Gerunds usually follow the following verbs:
An example is as follows:
Tom enjoys reading.
Gerunds can also follow prepositions. An example is as follows:
Mary is very tired of programming.
A gerund (often known as an -ing word) is a noun formed from a verb by adding -ing. But you should know that not all words formed with -ing are gerunds.
When a verb ends in -ing, it may be a gerund or a present participle. It is important to understand that they are not the same.
When we use a verb in -ing form more like a noun, it is usually a gerund, for example:
1. Fishing is fun.
When we use a verb in -ing form more like a verb or an adjective, it is usually a present participle:
1. Tom is fishing.
2. Mary has a boring teacher.
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