Introduction to English Gerunds
The English gerund form of the verb is the 'ing' form of the verb. Gerunds are verbs that are used as nouns. In other words, by adding 'ing' to any verb you can change that verb into a noun. Gerunds are often used at the beginning of sentences when focusing on activity as the subject of conversation.
Playing tennis is good for your health, and good fun!
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It's also possible to use gerunds in any other position in a sentence. As a direct object of a verb:
Hanna enjoys listening to classical music.
Jason admits spending too much money on toys.
Prepositions + English Gerunds
English Gerunds are also objects of prepositions. This means that whenever a verb follows a preposition, use the gerund or 'ing' form of the verb. This is especially important for adjective + preposition combinations and phrasal verbs (see below) which generally end in prepositions.
I looked into buying a new computer.
Sally was afraid of walking alone in the dark.
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