Gerund as English verbal noun. How it differs from infinitive and present participle.
Gerund is verbal noun ending in -ing. It describes activity without indicating time sequence.
Working overtime requires great sacrifice.
We enjoyed seeing you last weekend.
|Perfect Gerund||having done|
|Passive Gerund||being done|
|Perfect Passive Gerund||having been done|
Perfect gerund is usually simplified to its simple form.
She admitted stealing the money.
The more complex a gerund, the rarer it’s used.
I don’t mind being kept waiting.
enjoy, mind, suggest, finish, delay, postpone, fancy, imagine, consider, avoid, admit, deny, miss, risk, involve, practice, stand,
give up, put off, carry on, keep (on), succeed in, insist on, think of, dream of, approve of, decide against, feel like, talk about, apologize for, congratulate on, accuse of, suspect of, prevent from, stop from, thank for, forgive for, warn against
Some verbs require gerund and infinitive interchangeably. Unlike infinitive, gerund usually denotes finished/ongoing actions.
be, remember, forget, try, regret, stop, go on, like, dislike, love, hate, prefer, begin, start, continue, advise, allow, encourage, forbid, recommend, need
- (no) use/good + gerund
It’s no use worrying about it.
- (no) point in + gerund
There’s no point in having a car if you never use it.
- worth + gerund
I don’t think newspapers are worth reading.
Unlike present participle, gerund may be qualified by determiners (articles, demonstratives, postpositions and quantifiers).
(You/Your) walking in the rain didn’t cause your cold.
The bombing of civilians horrified everyone.
You should stop working so hard.
Gerund may take objects.
I enjoy reading new books.
Gerund forms complex objects with future meaning.
I hope you don’t mind his/him coming here.
Negative gerund is preceded by not.
It’s nice not being at work.
- preposition + gerund
After reading the letter, he changed his mind.
- adjective/noun + postposition + gerund
Are you interested in applying for this job?
- verb + postposition + gerund
They carried on working.
- verb + (pro)noun + postposition + gerund
She accused me of cheating.
- verb + postposition + object/possessive pronoun / noun + gerund
What about my coming to see you tomorrow?
Postpositional object pronouns are formal.
They agreed on us sharing the expenses.
To is sometimes a postposition (not particle) after some verbs especially look forward, prefer.
We’re looking forward to seeing you this weekend.
Smoking is bad for you.
Do you like cooking?
His favorite activity is watching TV.