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What is a gerund? (in simple terms please!)

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NeopreneMermaid Sun 09-Jun-13 22:59:31

I think the confusion is that 'dancing' and 'leaving', etc can be verbs or nouns - depending on the context.
Here they are verbs ('doing' words):
I am leaving in the afternoon.
I was dancing all night.

Here they are nouns (things) as gerunds:
I hope her leaving won't be painful for me. dancing can be found at Club Tropicana. ('80s child here).

Any clearer now? smile

WMittens Sun 09-Jun-13 22:31:26

... and I've spotted the apostrophe missing from it's in my second paragraph.

Third paragraph.


Good link, Dysgu.

ReadytoOrderSir Sun 09-Jun-13 22:09:29

Ah! I think that it's becoming clearer thanks to the link Dysgu. Thank you. Alaska is fun. Dancing is fun. Dancing is a 'thing', so a noun. Leaving is a 'thing'.

That'll do for my class. If they get beyond that I'll send them to the year 6 teacher!

Many thanks to you both.

Dysgu Sun 09-Jun-13 21:55:55

this explains it quite simply and gives some examples you might find helpful.

ReadytoOrderSir Sun 09-Jun-13 21:49:53

Thank you Neoprene ... but this is where I struggle! Leaving is a noun? I though it was something that I did, therefore a verb?

NeopreneMermaid Sun 09-Jun-13 21:47:04

It's a noun formed from a verb with 'ing' on the end, e.g. 'She didn't like my leaving so soon.'

Make sense?

ReadytoOrderSir Sun 09-Jun-13 21:45:05

... and I've spotted the apostrophe missing from it's in my second paragraph. Typo rather than ignorance, I promise. blush

ReadytoOrderSir Sun 09-Jun-13 21:42:52

I teach year 4. We're going to do some work on suffixes next week. I've been merrily making lists of words and suffixes for them to experiment with. My top set are going to need a challenge though. In searching I've got myself all tied up in knots and generally confused...

What, in simple it's Sunday evening and I've done enough planning already year 4 terms, is a gerund?

I've grasped that its formed from a verb plus -ing... but is there more to it than that? Googling is not helping as I'm getting stuff too techy for my poor scientist-turned-teacher brain.

Thank you

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