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Gerund Phrase

A gerund is a noun formed from a verb by adding the suffix "ing".  The following are all gerunds:


climbing / polishing / eating

Although a gerund is a noun, it can still take an object (like a verb).  The gerund, its object and all modifiers (adjectives and adverbs) are known as a gerund phrase.


Eating blackberries without washing them will make you ill.
                              gerund phrase

I am not prepared to authorise climbing the cliffs in the dark.
                                                                 gerund phrase
Interactive example:

So, you think beating eggs with a fork is acceptable, do you? [show me the gerund phrase]
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Glossary of grammatical terms

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