Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Sep 2015
    • Posts: 12
    #1

    Gerund + noun

    I'm reading Websters New World English Grammar Handbook, edition 2, and I came across an odd sentence in the chapter about gerunds.

    "Snowboarding is his hobby."

    This seems peculiar because Snowboard isn't listed as a verb in Dictionary.com, but a intransitive verb' in Websters dictionary which I hadn't studied yet. I feel odd about this because I was under the impression gerunds turn verbs into nouns, but this feels like it turns a noun into a verb.

    Is it not possible to snowboard like we would to walk, instead we must all always go snowboarding?

    What is really happening here?

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: Gerund + noun

    "Snowboarding" is a gerund in your sentence. "Snowboard" can be a verb.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,017
    #3

    Re: Gerund + noun

    Quote Originally Posted by lindatyler View Post
    Is it not possible to snowboard like we would to walk, instead we must all always go snowboarding?
    Yes, you can snowboard (verb). Snowboard exists both as a noun and as a verb. However, we nornmally think of snowboarding as an activity rather than as a means of getting from A to B. We can walk, run, cycle, from A to B, but we don't normally snowboard from A to B. When we leave our homes to take part in an activity that will go on for some time, we often GO + Gerund - go cycling, go fishing, go snowboarding.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 14-Sep-2011, 12:00
  2. [Grammar] Noun+noun/gerund or +infinitive?
    By Jack8rkin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Feb-2010, 12:34
  3. Dance (noun) dancing (gerund, noun)
    By angelus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Nov-2009, 13:15
  4. Gerund and noun
    By wahaha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13-Oct-2006, 10:22
  5. gerund or noun
    By pucubuwi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Oct-2006, 22:46

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •