Alternately titled, “What the Hell is a Gerund, Anyway?”
A gerund, quite simply, is the “ing” form of a verb that is used as a noun.
Her acting was the best in the play.
The team’s playing is the only thing that keeps them together; none of them would be friends off the field.
A gerund phrase is just that – a noun phrase where the noun is really a verb that has changed its proverbial spots:
Poking sticks into lions’ cages is just asking for trouble.
Slapping a yellow ribbon bumper sticker on the back of your gas-guzzling SUV during a war for oil makes you look like an asshole.
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