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Gerunds 1

Gerunds
The gerund is the –ing form of a
verb and is used as a noun.

Example: Singing is one of my hobbies.


Smoking cigars gives him a headache.
Gary’s acting is splendid.
1. The gerund can also be used after these words:
begin need deny detest bear allow
escape like risk enjoy avoid practise
imagine miss hate finish prevent stop
defer remember go come mind busy
worth help keep prefer can’t + verb
2. Gerunds after an adjective + a preposition
Ex: I am sick of eating the same food every day.
3. Gerund after verb + a preposition
Ex: He persisted in breaking the school rules.
4. Gerund may follow a possessive adjective or the possessive form of a noun.
Ex: I don’t remember his giving us any instructions.
He objected to Timmy’s joining us on the trip.

Exercise: Rewrite the following sentences using gerunds.


1. “Neil, thank you for help my little brother,” she said.
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2. The tailor has finished sew my trousers. Would you mind collect them for me on your way back?
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3. Learn English is much easier than learn French.
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4. My youngest sister dislikes bathe in cold water.
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5. I wonder the new girl would care to come drink with us this afternoon.
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6. I can’t bear wait so long for the bus.
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7. “Excuse me interrupt you girls. Would you stop write for a moment?” the teacher asked.
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8. I was afraid of their leave on the tour without me.
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