Questions tagged [gerunds]

A ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ is a type of verb, in particular an -ɪɴɢ verb that heads a non-finite verb clause when that entire clause is being used as a noun phrase, typically as the subject or object of a finite clause. Not to be confused with -ɪɴɢ words that are no longer verbs, like deverbal nouns or participial adjectives, a gerund accepts only verb modifiers and arguments, not those of nouns or adjectives.

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What is the grammar structure? “I am not going to stand here watching you do it”?

Is this sentence correct? I am not going to stand here watching you do it. I saw it in an article. If it is - and I think it is - why is "watching" a gerund? What is the grammar structure? Is it a ...
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Position of verbals

In the first sentence, We move the infinitive to the end of the sentence and place a prepatory object after verb. But when we use gerund, we keep it after verb as in second sentence . I was wondering ...
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When does a gerund become a verb?

My question is a follow-up to one in which I identified stealing and killing in a particular sentence as gerunds. Bill J commented to the effect that if objects followed these gerunds, the latter ...
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“Ing form of see (Seeing)” [closed]

Seeing the light despite the darkness I got this "headline" from the Guardian newspaper. But as far as I know, it's not possible to use "see+gerund" when see does not mean visit. Then, why did the ...
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Ving (gerund) as a Noun [closed]

From an academic standpoint, attending classes simply enables students to learn more. what kind of grammar form does the word- "Attending" undertake? V-ing (gerund) as a Noun?
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suggest his / him Ving

I'd like to know your judgments on the following sentences. Are they well-formed? Mary suggested him buying a laptop. Mary suggested his buying a laptop. What did Mary suggest him buying? What ...
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Is it a gerund or a verb? [closed]

I'm still confused between the two, so please help? "Life is so much more than just stealing and killing."
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Does Gerund act as noun always?

Gerund acts as a subject, object... But can't we say that Gerund is basically a noun. Also, I heard a counter argument - a noun can be used for showing possession (John's chair)... But Gerund can't ...
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Which connector is correct 'by' or 'with' in the sentence? [closed]

May I know which one is correct by or with and why? The model lost weight by exercising. The model lost weight with exercising.
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Advantage/Disadvantage to + -ing form

Reading an essay I found the following sentence: On the other hand, there are definitely disadvantages to being at home while your parents are away. Does to work as a combination with disadvantage?...
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“in processing customer orders” or “in the processing of customer orders”?

Most of the time I see people use a gerund this way: The storm caused delays in processing customer orders. However, sometimes I see something like this too: The storm caused delays in the ...
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I dislike his/him being blunt [duplicate]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial

The title is a usage example from Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary... broadcast [noun, noncount] the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something My ...
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Forming gerunds when an auxiliary verb is required

Earlier today I started to wonder if parkour could be used as a verb or should be in a gerund phrase (doing parkour). parkour, from Oxford Dictionaries: "The activity or sport of moving rapidly ...
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Can the gerund be used after a form of “agree to” (e.g. “agrees to doing”, “agree to going” and “agreed to leaving”)?

He agrees to doing/do her work because she helped him earlier. I agree to go/going there. I agreed to leaving/leave home earlier. In my opinion, gerunds shall be used after "to (preposition)" in the ...
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People can agree to doing this work

Is it correct to say "people can agree to doing this work"? I have always seen people saying "people can agree to do this work", I don't know if this sentence is correct because I think that to is a ...
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Possessive-gerund/ sentence structure

Here's an alternative/clearer version of my original question: Consider the following sentence: Instead of his being stationed on a plank, I want him on a pedestal. This shows the possessive ...
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Telling present participles and gerunds apart

"I have started swimming." This could mean I have just started moving my arms. Or it could mean that I have enrolled in swimming classes. To my mind one interpretation is a present participle and the ...
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“It's hard to find a good path to taking this mission on”. Why “taking”

So the sentience is "It's hard to find a good path to taking this mission on", I wonder why it is "to taking it on" not "to take it on", is "taking" using as a gerund? Can I say "It's hard to find a ...
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In “…displaying your name” is ‘displaying’ a gerund or a participle?

I've learned so far that a Gerund can be used in 6 cases: Subject, Object, Subject complement, Object complement, Object of preposition and Object of possessive. Participles are used as adjectives, ...
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If I have a list after a single gerund, do I use “is” or “are”?

Below is my sentence. I'm pretty sure the word "knowing" is a gerund, but please correct me if I'm wrong. I assumed that the only subject is "knowing" and that the linking verb should be "is", but ...
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Two gerunds with “requires” or “facilitates”

I have a student who is trying to write a scientific paper - her text is littered with a particular sentence construction that I find very awkward to read, but I'm not sure how to describe it to her ...
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Chinese character “denoting” or “used to denote” black color?

How to say the following phrase correctly: a Chinese character denoting OR used to denote black colour? Context Furthermore, due to the etymological analysis of a Chinese character denoting black ...
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THE taking the bull by the horns

There is "taking the bull by the horns" and "the taking of the bull by the horns" is not incorrect. But may there be "the taking the bull by the horns"? That is to ask, does the direct object the bull ...
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When double “l” is considered American English?

I'm struggling with "enroll" and "enrollment". Both answers (this one and this one), given to this question, as well as Wikipedia seems to be suggesting, that double "l" is more common in British ...
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-ing verbs after comma

I need to know if the usage of the gerund form in the following sentence is correct: The relations between the countries cold due to the piercing statements by the President in 2007, criticizing the ...
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When to use a gerund or an infinitive after “is”?

How does one know when to use a gerund or an infinitive? states a 90% rule, but I'm more interested in the remaining 10%. This British Council page states Sorry, there isn’t a rule. You have to ...
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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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Why is “attention payment” incorrect?

I have been wondering why some people think that "attention payment" is an accepted phrase. The argument is that you "pay attention", therefore you can learn "attention payment". This sounds incorrect,...
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Gerund and Participles

I need your expert skills to solve this confusion regarding the use of gerund and participles. Here is the sentence Standing in the shallow end, he would practice his arm movements. I want to know ...
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Does the word ‘not’ modify verbs beforehand or afterward?

I have had some trouble recently with the word not, and people being confused by my use of it. I suppose I made some incorrect logical connection with it. A friend and I were discussing the placement ...
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Adverbial clauses or Gerunds! Which one is this?

In my King James Bible, I have found some words which look like Gerunds but they really are not, or at least they don't make sense when they get turned into nouns. Take a look at these examples: ...
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When to use the gerund form of a verb after “to”? [duplicate]

I would like to understand when to use the gerund form of a verb after "to." I had in my mind that every verb used after "to" was in its infinitive form, like for example: It is hard to play the ...
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Is the gerund correct with “whether”? [closed]

After pressing it shows a message box asking whether the user wants to take a picture with the device, or better attaching a picture from the device's gallery. I am not sure about the gerund or what ...
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Dropping the '-ing' in noun adjuncts

I always remember many verbs ending in -ing. Swimming club/cap and shaving foam for example. I now see increased use of swim club and shave foam. Why has this happened, is it correct use of English ?...
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Use of -ing in certain sentences [closed]

The following sentence is very common in employment and reply letters: I look forward to hearing from you soon. I wonder why "to hear" must not/cannot be used instead. What's the rule behind the ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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Gerund before prepositions [closed]

I read a sentence like this Negotiating for dummies I know that a gerund is after a preposition, so why in this sentence a gerund "Negotiating" is before a preposition "for" Thanks for reading
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Parallelism in a sentence regarding transitive verbs, gerunds, and objects

I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right: Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next. The first two are just options for actions on the ...
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“I understand him going back there” [duplicate]

I heard a sportscaster say this. Since gerunds are preceded by possessive pronouns, this would have to be a present participle. (him, who is going back). I do think, however, that the gerund (his ...
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Infinitive instead of gerund, specifically after 'require' [duplicate]

I use Grammarly Chrome extension to validate my texts in English. And with some sentences I keep seeing the error message "Infinitive instead of gerund". I'm not sure if this is an appropriate error ...
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Difference between using a gerund and using to + verb root

As an objective (or subjective). "Being a teacher" vs "to be a teacher". What is the difference between gerund and 'to' + verb root ? My dream is being a teacher. My dream is to be a teacher.
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Is the word “beginning” here a gerund or a present participle? [duplicate]

Is the word "beginning" here a gerund or a present participle, and why? On June 22, 1941, the armies of Nazi Germany crossed the Soviet border, beginning a war that would claim the lives of millions ...
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Gerund after “ways to”

I'm writing a paper with a colleague and we are unsure if the grammar in our title is correct. I'd like to go with this variant. Multiple Ways to Measuring Alertness My colleague asks if we should ...
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Is “programming” not a noun?

Recently, I was told that the word "programming" in the phrase "programming thoughts" is a verb in the gerund-participle form and that the term "gerund" by itself is obsolete in modern grammar. I was ...
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Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be?

Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be? An example sentence (from research regarding medical monitoring of vital signs): Continuous and automated monitoring is... In ...
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Participial as adverbial?

''Solve the questions using what I have taught you.'' ''He showed up wearing a suit.'' ''It is doing a nice job covering up the broken chair.'' ''I broke the law getting you out of jail.'' ''You were ...
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Participle and gerund [duplicate]

Barking dogs seldom bite. Barking is a gerund or present participle? His rising early in the morning, helped him score well. His rising early in the morning -- is this a participle clause? Can ...
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Mass measuring vs Measuring mass

I have a table of Measuring Equipment, which is NOT in English. There is a column called Parameter Measured, where the following is specified: Refractive index measuring Mass Measuring Optical ...