GERUND: What is a Gerund? Important Gerund Examples

What is a gerund? Important gerund examples in English! This page provides the definition of gerund and gerund examples for ESL learners to master their English grammar.

What is a GERUND? Gerund Examples

What is a gerund? Gerunds are words that are formed with verbs but act as nouns. For examples: playing, singing, working, doing, etc.

Gerunds act as subjects in the sentences:

  • Reading is one of the best ways of improving your vocabulary.
  • Listening is an important part of the job.

Gerunds act as direct objects in the sentences:

  • I dislike being away from my family. 
  • My mom really loves cooking.

Gerunds act as indirect objects in the sentences:

  • She never admits making mistakes.
  • Last night, I forgot doing my homework. 

Gerunds act as objects of prepositions in the sentences:

  • My passion for painting was forever. 
  • By writing will helps you think well. 

Gerunds act as predicate nouns in the sentences:

  • My favorite activity is singing. 
  • Her responsibility is checking

Verbs Followed by Gerunds

List of verbs followed by gerunds in English.

Verb + Gerund

  • acknowledge
  • discuss
  • dislike
  • endure
  • enjoy
  • go
  • imagine
  • anticipate
  • defend
  • deny
  • appreciate
  • consider
  • detest
  • involve
  • keep
  • mention
  • quit
  • recall
  • recollect
  • recommend
  • omit
  • postpone
  • practice
  • prevent
  • regret
  • resent
  • risk
  • suggest
  • tolerate
  • understand
  • resist
  • resume

Verb + Preposition + Gerund

  • adapt to
  • apologize for
  • believe in
  • blame for
  • care about
  • approve of
  • ask about
  • engage in
  • forgive for
  • give up
  • work on
  • worry about
  • put off
  • take part in
  • help with
  • complain about
  • consist of
  • succeed in
  • suffer from
  • talk about
  • disapprove of
  • discourage from
  • look forward to
  • participate in
  • persist in
  • plan on
  • result from
  • prepare for
  • profit from
  • prohibit from
  • think about
  • warn about
  • there’s no point in

Be + Adjective + Preposition + Gerund

  • be accustomed to
  • be happy about
  • be interested in
  • be afraid of
  • be concerned with
  • be critical of
  • be useful for
  • be worried about
  • be discouraged from
  • be angry about
  • be ashamed of
  • be capable of
  • be certain about
  • be enthusiastic about
  • be familiar with
  • be famous for
  • be fond of
  • be known for
  • be nervous about
  • be perfect for
  • be proud of
  • be glad about
  • be tolerant of
  • be upset about
  • be good at
  • be responsible for
  • be sad about
  • be successful in
  • be suitable for
  • be tired of
  • be used to

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Good point of grammar

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Great job.

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Very helpful