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  • 2. GERUNDS (ING)• When a verb ends in -ing, it may be a gerund or a present participle. It is important to understand that they are not the same.• When we use a verb in -ing form more like a noun, it is usually a gerund:• Fishing is fun.
  • 3. GERUNDS (ING)• When we use a verb in -ing form more like a verb or an adjective, it is usually a present participle:• Anthony is fishing.• I have a boring teacher.
  • 4. GERUNDS AS SUBJECT, OBJECT OR COMPLEMENT• Try to think of gerunds as verbs in noun form.• Like nouns, gerunds can be the subject, object or complement of a sentence: Smoking costs a lot of money. I dont like writing. My favourite occupation is reading.• But, like a verb, a gerund can also have an object itself. In this case, the whole expression [gerund + object] can be the subject, object or complement of the sentence. Smoking cigarettes costs a lot of money. I dont like writing letters. My favorite occupation is reading detective stories.
  • 5. GERUNDS AS SUBJECT, OBJECT OR COMPLEMENT Like nouns, we can use gerunds with adjectives (including articles and other determiners):• pointless questioning• a settling of debts• the making of TitanicBut when we use a gerund with an article, it does not usually take a direct object:• a settling of debts (not a settling debts)• Making "Titanic" was expensive.• The making of "Titanic" was expensive
  • 6. GERUNDS AFTER PREPOSITIONS If we want to use a verb after a preposition, it must be a gerund. It is impossible to use an infinitive after a preposition. So for example, we say:• I will call you after arriving at the office.• Please have a drink before leaving. Notice that you could replace all the above gerunds with "real" nouns:• I will call you after my arrival at the office.• Please have a drink before your departure.
  • 7. GERUNDS AFTER CERTAIN VERBS We sometimes use one verb after another verb. Often the second verb is in the infinitive form, for example:• I want to eat. But sometimes the second verb must be in gerund form, for example:• I dislike eating. This depends on the first verb. Here is a list of verbs that are usually followed by a verb in gerund form:• admit, appreciate, avoid, carry on, consider, defer, delay, deny, detest, dislike, endure, enjoy, escape, excuse, face, feel like, finish, forgive, give up, cant help, imagine, involve, leave off, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, put off, report, resent, risk, cant stand, suggest, understand
  • 8. INFINITIVE• An infinitive is a verbal consisting of the word to plus a verb (in its simplest "stem" form) and functioning as a noun, adjective, or adverb. The term verbal indicates that an infinitive, like the other two kinds of verbal, is based on a verb and therefore expresses action or a state of being.• However, the infinitive may function as a subject, direct object, subject complement, adjective, or adverb in a sentence. Although an infinitive is easy to locate because of the to + verb form, deciding what function it has in a sentence can sometimes be confusing.
  • 9. EXAMPLES• His ambition is to fly. (subject complement)• He lacked the strength to resist. (adjective)• We must study to learn. (adverb)• Infinitives: to fly, to draw, to become, to enter, to stand, to catch, to belong• Prepositional Phrases: to him, to the committee, to my house, to the mountains, to us, to this address
  • 10. AN INFINITIVE PHRASE• Is a group of words consisting of an infinitive and the modifier(s) and/or (pro)noun(s) or noun phrase(s) that function as the actor(s), direct object(s), indirect object(s), or complement(s) of the action or state expressed in the infinitive, such as:• We intended to leave early.• The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of the verb intended. to leave (infinitive) early (adverb)
  • 11. POINTS TO REMEMBER• An infinitive is a verbal consisting of the word to plus a verb; it may be used as a noun, adjective, or adverb.• An infinitive phrase consists of an infinitive plus modifier(s), object(s), complement(s), and/ or actor(s).• An infinitive phrase requires a comma only if it is used as an adverb at the beginning of a sentence.
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