This teacher writing demonstrates
three uses of the gerund noun: as subject, as object, and as subject
complement The use of the gerund is bolded. Students were required
to use each one as a single word gerund and as a gerund phrase.
Reading (subject, single), for a teacher, is a part of life that
brings multiple benefits. Everything I read, from books to newspapers, is
fuel for my teaching. In order to give the most to my students, I spend
time browsing for ideas in many sources (object, phrase). One of my
favourite reading activities is surfing through a number of
Internet sites (subject complement, phrase). Here, to read is a
quick exercise called scanning (subject complement, single).
Sometimes, however, I do spend more time, especially when I visit the
online magazine, Salon. Here, I often
read whole articles. Because this online magazine is not offered in print,
it often contains ideas that get me thinking. Another way I like to read
is to spend time, usually in the summer, with a good science fiction
novel. Imagining the many worlds in these books (subject, phrase)
helps me to relax and forget about teaching for a while! My final way of
reading is with the newspaper. This is something I do every day.
Sometimes, though, it makes me begin worrying about the world (object,
phrase). In all, reading brings me many benefits, and I spend a good
part of every day engaged in this wonderful pastime.