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Parts of Speech

Learn more about English parts of speech, such as prepositions and articles, to help you become a more confident writer.

Gerunds

A gerund is "a word ending in "-ing" that is made from a verb and used like a noun" (Cambridge University Press, n.d., para. 1).

Please see the following examples of gerunds from the OWL at Purdue (n.d.):

Gerund as subject:

  • Traveling might satisfy your desire for new experiences.
  • The study abroad program might satisfy your desire for new experiences.

Gerund as direct object:

  • They do not appreciate my singing.
  • They do not appreciate my assistance.

Gerund as subject complement:

  • My cat's favorite activity is sleeping.
  • My cat's favorite food is salmon.

Gerund as object of preposition:

  • The police arrested him for speeding.
  • The police arrested him for criminal activity. (para. 2-5)

For more information, please refer to The OWL at Purdue: Gerunds.

References

Cambridge University Press. (n.d.). Gerund. Cambridge dictionary. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/gerund

Purdue University. (n.d.). Gerunds. Purdue Online Writing Lab. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/mechanics/gerunds_participles_and_infinitives/index.html