Gerund phrase

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A gerund phrase is a noun phrase with a gerund as its head. This may be a single-word phrase, in which case it is simply a gerund; or it may be a multi-word phrase, in which case it can consist of a gerund plus a direct object, adjective or adverbs, and/or a prepositional phrase.

Examples include:

  • Swimming (gerund)
  • Swimming in the sea (gerund+prepositional phrase)
  • Swimming quickly (gerund+adverb)
  • Quick swimming (adjective+gerund)

Students may fail to form the gerund properly and use the base form of the verb instead. This is not good English except when the verb is a noun-verb homonym.