What Is a Gerund?
Reading is my favorite activity.
Reading functions as the subject and noun of this sentence
It’s quite easy to form a gerund with the ending -ING. Almost any verb can become a gerund with this ending.
What are some examples of gerunds?
|Baking is my favorite thing to do in the kitchen.
|Mrs. Noto said that teaching music is her destiny.
|You have to be good at running to join Cross Country.
|Tasting desserts is an essential part of being a chef.
|Typing skills are essential for writing papers in school.
Where Can I Find Gerunds?
Here are two tips to help you find them:
- Activities are usually gerunds when you use them as a subject. Skiing, painting, driving, surfing…these are all gerunds when you talk about them as an activity.
- After a preposition. Gerunds are almost always found there. Usually it’s after the preposition “of” as in My grandmother is scared of falling. In this case, “falling” is a gerund following the preposition “of.”