What Are Gerunds? (with Examples)

What Are Gerunds? (with Examples)

A gerund is a noun formed from a verb. All gerunds end -ing. For example:

  • swimming
  • running
  • drinking
Even though a gerund is a noun, a gerund can still take a direct object (like a verb). This is known as a gerund complement. For example:

  • swimming the lake
  • running a mile
  • drinking a beer

More Examples of Gerunds

Below are some more examples of gerunds (shaded) with their roles as nouns explained:

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