Gerunds are words that are formed with verbs but act as nouns. Below are the full definition of a gerund, gerunds examples, and list of verbs followed by gerunds for ESL Learners.
What is A Gerund?
What is a gerund? Gerunds are words that are formed with verbs but act as nouns. They’re very easy to spot since every gerund is a verb with ING tacked to its tail. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Present participles also end with the letters ING, but present participles do not act as nouns. Instead, they act as modifiers or complete progressive verbs. To find gerunds in sentences, just look for a verb + ing that is used as a noun.
Here are some gerunds examples:
- Playing football is fun.
- I dislike being away from my family.
- Dreaming is my hobby during the long winter holidays.
- It takes me a long time to sort over my thoughts before I can start writing.
- Watching sport gave him great pleasure.
- He was embarrassed to admit making a mistake.
- I love playing soccer.
- She decided to be a nun in order to avoid meeting him.
- I really enjoy talking to you.
List of Verbs Followed by Gerunds
This is a useful list of verbs followed by gerunds you should know.
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Verbs Followed by Gerunds in English