Unit 6.2

Gerunds as Object


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Introduction

The gerund is a verb that functions as a noun referring to an action, a process or a state.

We can use gerund as the object of the sentence.

Form

When the gerund is a noun, it can be the object but it is still a verb and can have its own object.

It has this structure:
Subject + Verb + Object [Gerund] + Object …

Example

  • Luke likes playing video games.
  • I hate packing suitcases.
  • My favourite thing to do is reading horror books.
  • He loves telling  the story of him winning the math contest to his friends.
  • I enjoy working as a volunteer during summer.
  • We hate cleaning the house. 
  • They love listening to pop music.

Use

We can use gerunds as a singular noun, so it can be the object of the sentence.

Summary

The –ing form is commonly used to create nouns and verbs. When used as a noun, it is considered a gerund. In this case, it can be used as the subject or object of the sentence.

The structure is: we start with the subject followed by a verb and an object, which has the form of a gerund, and another object.

For example:
— “I love using the new washing mashine.” = Gerund using is used as the object of the sentence.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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