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Gerunds - Glossary of Terms


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


swimming / running / drinking

Although a gerund is a noun, it can still take an object (like a verb). This is known as a gerund complement.


Playing the guitar is easier than it seems.
  gerund       (gerund complement)

Gerunds look identical to present participles (adjectives formed from verbs).


Running the tap will clear the air pocket. (gerund, i.e., a noun)
Can you fix the running tap? (participle, i.e., an adjective)

Interactive example:

I detest climbing this rock. I had my first fall here. [show me the gerund]
Associated pages:
Glossary of grammatical terms

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