ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
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
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
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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