It's called a "gerund." That's when a verb acts as a noun, in the -ing form.
So, it's a noun in that sentence.
Gerunds - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com
Student or Learner
My sister asked me whether the word "reading" in the following sentence
a noun, or a verb:
"I like reading"
I think that it is a verb, but she just doesn't think so.
Please help teachers.
NOT A TEACHER
(1) As Soothing Dave told us, those -ing words can be
(2) You are 100% correct if you say that "reading" is a verb
in "I am reading." As you know, "be" + -ing = the progressive.
She is studying./ We will be sleeping./ It was raining.
(3) Sometimes, however, the -ing word is used like a noun:
Someone says to you: "I like something." Of course, you would
ask "What?" Then your friend would use a noun to explain the
I like food./ letters./ sports.
Or you could say:
I like eating./ writing./ playing.
Or you could put them together:
I like eating food./ writing letters./ playing sports.