Gerund Phrases

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Gerund Phrases :

Gerunds, verbals that end in -ing and that act as nouns, frequently are associated with modifiers and complements in a gerund phrase.

These phrases function as units and can do anything that a noun can do.

Notice that other phrases, especially prepositional phrases, are frequently part of the gerund phrase.

  • Cramming for tests is not a good study strategy. [gerund phrase as subject]

  • John enjoyed swimming in the lake after dark. [gerund phrase as object]

  • I'm really not interested in studying biochemistry for the rest of my life. [gerund phrase as object of the preposition in ]

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  • Absolute Phrases

  • Appositive Phrases

  • Gerund Phrases

  • Infinitive Phrases

  • Noun Phrases

  • Participial Phrases

  • Prepositional Phrases

  • English Glossary Index

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