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    Smile Those awful Gerunds !!!!!

    Can you tell me and explain why please if this sentence has a gerund ? :
    Watching television can be a waste of time. Thank you. These gerunds drive me up the wall !!!!!

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    Re: Those awful Gerunds !!!!!

    Gerunds are nouns. Nouns function as subject and objects:

    Swimming is fun. <subject>
    I like swimming. <object>

    Nouns can be replaced by pronouns, like this,

    It is fun. <pronoun: It = Swimming>
    I like it. <pronoun: it = swimming>

    Now let's look at your example sentence:

    Watching television can be a waste of time.

    Question 1: What's the subject?
    Question 2: Can we replace the subject with a pronoun?

    If you answer "Yes" to both questions, then "Watching television" is a gerund.

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    Smile Re: Those awful Gerunds !!!!!

    Thanks again Casiopea.

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