Where to use gerunds
By Taha Pourmands
Preposition: A preposition links nouns, pronouns
and phrases to the other words of the sentence.
e.g: after, before, on, and …
Gerund: A verb followed by “ing”
e.g: going, running, visiting
Infinitive: A verb in simple tense
As it happens usually :
We aren’t FREE •
to use gerunds
Use of gerunds in the sentence
A gerund can be used in several positions in a
sentence.Some examples are:
A.as the subject: •
Watching TV makes me feel bad.. •
B.as the object: •
I like swimming. •
C.after prepositions: •
He is afraid of taliking to ghosts. •
D.In noun compounds: •
Diving board •
Verbs + Gerunds
They are verbs after which we need a gerund.
Some of these verbs are:
be interested in
be used to
look forward to
Preposition + Gerund
When we put a verb after a preposition,we •
normally use a gerund,not an infinitive.Some
He insisted on becoming a surgeon. •
The company is interested in selling its product. •
Some verbs are followed by infinitives with to.
Verbs Followed by Infinitives
Some verbs are followed by bare infinitives.Three
common verbs are : help , make , let
But the negative form of help is followed by an
infinitive with to.
He helped Jeffery not to fall.
Verbs + Infinitives/Gerunds
The following verbs can be either followed by a
gerund and an infinitive with to.
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