Grammatical Spot: Using GERUND

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Using GERUND

January 27, 2018

Gerund means- a noun in the form of the present participle of a verb that is ending in –ing.

For example:

Monica preferred travelling alone.

 

The gerund should be used:

  1. After Prepositions
  2. After words which regularly take a preposition.
  3. After certain verbs such as stop, enjoy, excuse etc.
  4. After the adjectives ‘busy’ and ‘worth’.
  5. After certain phrases, such as I can’t help, it’s no use, look forward to etc.

 

Example:

After Prepositions:

Monica plays instead of working.

After words which regularly take a preposition:

She is tired of doing the work once again.

 After certain verbs such as stop, enjoy, excuse etc:

Girls enjoy playing badminton.

 After the adjectives ‘busy’ and ‘worth’:

I am busy writing an article.

After certain phrases, such as I can’t help, it’s no use, look forward to etc:

I can’t help feeling angry about it.

The gerund or the infinitive can be used after certain verbs, such as like, love, hate, prefer, begin.

For example:

Monica began to talk.

Or,

Monica began talking.

 

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