Gerund Workshop 1 With Answers

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Gerund Workshop 1 With Answers

  1. 1. lefttopPanamerican SchoolMore than education: a challenge to the future, without borders<br />Prof. Moisés De CastroGrammarGrade 11 WorkshopDate: ____________________Names: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________<br />General instructions: Do not scratch or use liquid paper. Orthographical mistakes will be deducted from the total grade.<br />I – Discover the Grammar<br />A – Read these sentences. Indicate whether each gerund is used as a subject (S), an object (O), an object of a preposition (OP), or a subject or object complement (C).<br />C 1.I was having difficulty finding a subject. <br />O 2.I remembered learning a rhyme.<br />S 3.My perceiving friendship in this way was pretty simplistic.<br />OP 4.I didn’t have a way of getting to the practices.<br />C 5.My brother’s passion is kayaking.<br />OP 6.We can go months or years without contacting each other.<br />C 7. I was having trouble figuring out my career.<br />O 8. Bill supported my becoming a writer.<br />C 9. I would have a hard time living without my two “best” friends.<br />B – Are the –ing words in each of the following sentences gerunds? Write Y (yes) or N (no).<br />Y 1.I’ve long since stopped thinking of friendship in these terms.<br />Y 2.These are the friends we make by engaging in some specific activity.<br />N 3.He belongs to a kayaking club.<br />Y 4.We enjoy just catching up on each other’s activities.<br />Y 5.Cross-generational friendships are worth pursuing.<br />N 6.He was my teacher in a writing class.<br />Y 7.They have become good friends on their own through their common interest in collecting rare books.<br />Y 8.I would have a hard time being single again.<br />II – All Work and No Play<br />Brian Hansen is constantly tired and dissatisfied. He has gone to a doctor to see if there is anything physically wrong with him. Complete the conversation with gerunds. Make the gerunds negative if necessary.<br />Doctor: Well, Brian, what seems to be the problem?<br />Brian:I’m tired all the time. Some nights when I come home from work I’m so exhausted I don’t feel like doing (do) anything but collapsing on the sofa and vegetating (vegetate) in front of the TV. Is there anything physically wrong with me?<br />Doctor:No, I’ve looked at the test results, and you’re healthy. How long have you been feeling like this?<br />Brian:Oh, two or three months, I guess. Long enough so that I’ve begun worrying (worry) about not having (have) any energy. Basically I’m not doing anything besides punching a time clock.<br />Doctor:How much are you working?<br />Brian:Well, I’m putting in a lot of overtime—all in all, at least 60 hours a week, I’d say.<br />Doctor:Why are you doing this? Are you trying to kill yourself?<br />Brian:Well, at this point, not working (work) overtime is out of the question. I’ve got a lot of bills to pay off. The other thing is that I only recently moved here, and I know hardly anyone, so my focus is on making (make) money for a while. I like socializing (socialize), and I really miss having (have) any close friends, but I don’t know quite how to go about meeting (meet) new people.<br />Doctor:You’re not married, then?<br />Brian:No, not yet.<br />Doctor:Well, I think you need to stop working (work) so much and start playing (play) a little—to put things in balance. I’d say you need a hobby—and some friends.<br />Brian:A hobby? You mean some boring thing like stamp collecting (collect)?<br />Doctor:No. That’s an OK hobby if you like it, but there are more interesting ones.<br />Brian:Like what?<br />Doctor:Oh, maybe like karaoke. Do you like singing (sing)?<br />Brian:I love music, but I don’t have much of a voice. In my case, not singing (sing) is better than singing (sing) off key.<br />Doctor:Well, have you ever gone orienteering (orienteer)?<br />Brian: What’s that?<br />Doctor:People use a map and a compass and try to be the first person to find locations of hidden clues.<br />Brian:Sounds great. Where can I find out more about it?<br />Doctor:I’ve got a friend who belongs to an orienteering club. I’ll give you her number.<br />Brian:Super. Thanks.<br />III – My Two Best Friends<br />Complete the sentences with a possessive noun or pronoun and a gerund.<br /><ul><li>I have two best friends, Bob and Mary. Bob is my co-worker. I’m grateful for his giving (he/give) me a ride to work every day.
  2. 2. I’m new to the firm, so I also appreciate Bob’s helping (Bob/help) me learn my job.
  3. 3. My boss’s criticizing (My boss/criticize) my work is hard to deal with, so Bob’s encouragement is vital.
  4. 4. Mary is my neighbor. Her living (She/live) so close is wonderful.
  5. 5. I especially appreciate Mary’s advising (Mary/advise) me on tough issues.
  6. 6. She knows how to deal with my becoming (I/become) discouraged.
  7. 7. I couldn’t ask for two better friends that Bob and Mary. I’m thankful for their being (they/be) there for me when I need them.
  8. 8. Our getting (We/get) together frequently helps us stay close.

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