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Advanced Composition 
Using the Gerund Noun

 September 27, 2001

In English, we can form a noun from a verb— the noun form is called the "gerund." Add "-ing" to a verb to make a gerund. Gerunds can be used alone, or in a group of words called a "gerund phrase."

Some Ways to Use the Gerund: 

As subject: Skiing is a popular sport among Vancouverites. Walking to work every day brings many health benefits. 

As subject complement (the gerund/gerund phrase gives more information about a subject): My brother's favourite activity is bicycling. What he really enjoys is riding fifty kilometers. 

As direct object (only after some verbs): He loves riding fast. My brother has always enjoyed travelling.


To cope with stress, doctors advise doing a healthy activity. Physical activity helps us both mentally and physically. 

Write about a physical activity you like to do and its benefits for your mental and physical health.

Use the gerund as both a single noun and a phrase in each of the three ways shown tonight. Write about 125 words or so.

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