Tuesday, 30 October 2012

GERUNDS

Gerunds are defined as the -ing form of a verb. They have several functions.

1. Used as subjects and complements

Skiing is my favorite sport.
Hiking can be very strenuous.
Seeing is believing

2. Used as objects following prepositions and prepositional expressions

Thanks for tending my children.
The job consists of typing, filing, and answering the phone.

3. Used as objects following certain verbs.*

The children enjoyed watching the parade.

Ms. Terrell avoided paying her taxes until it was too late.

Gerunds can sometimes take objects of their own:

Roland is afraid of making mistakes.

Sandy is considering leaving New York.

*These verbs are commonly followed by gerunds.

admit
begin
discuss
hate
love
practice
regret
stop

advise
can't help
dislike
hesitate
mention
prefer
remember
suggest

anticipate
complete
enjoy
imagine
mind
quit
resent
threaten

appreciate
consider
finish
intend
miss
recall
resist
tolerate

attempt
delay
forget
keep
neglect
recollect
risk
try

avoid
deny
go
like
postpone
recommend
start
understand

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