This week the grammar point we are focusing on is the gerund form of the verb. Below you can read some of the rules and situations where it is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.
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Introduction to the gerund
The English gerund form of the verb is the ‘ing’ form of the verb. Gerunds are verbs that are used as nouns. In other words, by adding ‘ing’ to any verb you can change that verb into a noun. Gerunds are often used at the beginning of sentences when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation.
Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun!
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It’s also possible to use gerunds in any other position in a sentence. As a direct object of a verb:
Hanna enjoys listening to classical music.
Jason admits spending too much money on toys.
Gerund and propositions
English Gerunds are also objects of prepositions. This means that whenever a verb follows a preposition, use the gerund or ‘ing’ form of the verb.
I looked into buying a new computer.
Sally was afraid of walking alone in the dark.
the “Gerund Part 1″ quiz!
Choose the correct option to make the sentence grammatically correct.
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