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a noun formed from a verb (such as the '-ing' form of an English verb when used as a noun)

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The distinction between gerunds and present participles was delimited according to criteria drawn from relevant literature dealing with the distinction between the two constructions as specified below (heads of -ing clauses are in boldface font and non-finite clauses headed by the respective -ing verb forms are underlined):
The unambiguous classification of -ing clauses preceded by a subject in the genitive (possessive) case as gerundial can be exemplified by the term full gerunds that is applied to gerunds preceded by prepositions or by possessive case subject, in contrast with the terms half gerund and fused participle applied to -ing clauses with a subject in a common case (accusative case).
Each LHS module has four practice exercises that target the acquisition of gerunds.
In Exercise 5, L2 learners are asked to complete four sentences with the gerunds writing, saving, wearing, swimming.
In general, previous contrastive studies between the English gerund and its Spanish counterparts present serious limitations.
In the first place, most of the previous studies have simply provided a functional characterization and we argue that it is absolutely necessary to include a cognitive approach in the characterization of the English gerund and its counterparts (1).
The development of gerunds as objects of subject-control verbs in English (1400-1760)".
In this way, the difference between the infinitive and the gerund is accounted for very nicely.
Put two or more equivalent items in a series in the same form or part of speech, for example, all nouns or all adjectives, all gerunds or all infinitives.
Each sentence begins with It would include followed by a gerund.
The ad campaign creates a unique voice for IKEA in which characters talk primarily in gerunds, a catchy and engaging use of language.
Among their topics are the role of verbal morphology in established genealogical relations among languages, identifying the language of an unintelligible Scandinavian runic inscription, inclusive and exclusive in Altaic languages, gerunds in the Old Turkic and Mongol versions of "The Hungry Tigress," and enclitic zero verbs in some Eurasian languages.
In these citations, providing and serving are gerunds, or verb forms ending in -ing that act as nouns.
In its conclusion on the subject "Possessive with gerund," Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (Merriam-Webster, Inc.
The treatment of this construction (NP and an -ing form) as two different constituents implies that the -ing form functions as a participle, that is the NP is the direct object of the main verb and the -ing form is an adjunct depictive of the NP; whereas the interpretation of this construction as a single unit would involve an -ing functioning as a gerund, the construction "NP+ -ing" as a unit functions as direct object of the main verb.