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GERUND: What is a Gerund? Important Gerund Examples

GERUND: What is a Gerund? Important Gerund Examples

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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

Gerunds in English | Infographic




Monday 24th of October 2022

it's has been very helpful for me in understanding this area of grammar. thanks-

Omonefe Ariyo

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Good grammar in English

Mekides Mengesha

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

thank you.

mr potatohead

Wednesday 17th of March 2021


José Jorge Eyzaguirre Fiorilo

Friday 12th of February 2021

I can't believe I knew so little about this.

You should really publicize this much more. Lots of us have learned English and use it constantly but haven't stopped to think about this after school. Learning again or learning like for the first time. I don't feel like an architect. I feel I need to see all this again...

Thanks many.