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    #1

    Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Hi teachers !!!

    Can you please tell me if this is a gerund phrase, is it correct or incorrect ?? I know a gerund phrase always behave as a noun but when can we apply a gerund phrase in writing ? I meant when do we use it properly ?

    ''Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell"

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    #2

    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Your sentence is fine.
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    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    I'm not sure exactly what you're asking, but since as you point out we treat gerunds (and infinitives for that matter) as nouns, then yes, they can function as the subject of a sentence. It's more common to use the gerund as a subject than an infinitive, but both are possible as subjects.
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    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Hi Skrej

    Yes thanks, what I meant is your answer. But I just want to know in writing, when we should use a gerund phrase ? or we can use as much as we want as long as its grammar is correct.

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    #5

    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    I think we can say 'I enjoy learning English' but not 'I want learning English'.
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    #6

    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    I am sorry, I think I did not clear myself here. I meant in writing, when should we start a sentence with a gerund phrase ? We can start anytime we want or there is a rule for it ?

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    #7

    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    I am sorry, I think I did not clear make myself clear here. I meant in writing, when should we start a sentence with a gerund phrase? (Don't use a space before a question mark.) We can Can we start anytime we want, or is there is a rule for it? (?)
    Sorry, but I don't know how to answer your question. I hope my corrections above will be helpful.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 07-Jun-2016 at 16:57. Reason: Insert missing space.
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    #8

    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Are you asking whether gerund phrases have to be placed in particular places in sentences? They do, but their locations depend on the sentence, just like any other noun.

    So treat gerund phrases the same way you would treat any noun.

    Remember: a gerund IS a noun. It's not a verb at all anymore.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Remember: a gerund IS a noun. It's not a verb at all anymore.
    Not all of us hold that opinion.

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    #10

    Re: Roaming with my squad sure is fun as hell

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    I am sorry, I think I did not clear myself here. I meant in writing, when should we start a sentence with a gerund phrase ? We can start anytime we want or there is a rule for it ?
    There is no rule about starting sentences with a gerund. It's just an option you have when writing a sentence, but there's nothing to say when you can or can't use a gerund as a subject.

    Context sometimes might not make a gerund the most natural choice to begin your sentence with, but there's no grammatical rule.
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