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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

See also :

Grammar : Infinitves

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16