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    Help needed with gerunds

    Could you help me understand if the following phrases contain Gerunds

    1 Iím going to write a story.
    2 Deirdre was washing up when I saw her yesterday.

    3I Iíve got a headache and Iím feeling sick
    4 When James is playing music heís happy.

    Thanks

    Lloyd


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    Re: Help needed with gerunds

    Welcome, Spacedout,
    They are all Present Participles.
    Best wishes.

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    Re: Help needed with gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Welcome, Spacedout,
    They are all Present Participles.
    Best wishes.
    Thanks for that Humble

    So from what I know of the subject, I can assume that as they are all presaent participles, they all contain Gerunds.

    Lloyd

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    Re: Help needed with gerunds

    Quote Originally Posted by SPACEDOUT66 View Post
    Thanks for that Humble

    So from what I know of the subject, I can assume that as they are all presaent participles, they all contain Gerunds.

    Lloyd
    No.

    Gerund
    Flying planes is dangerous
    Participle
    A flying plate is dangerous

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    Question Re: Help needed with gerunds

    So back to the original question do these sentences contain Gerunds

    1 Iím going to write a story.
    2 Deirdre was washing up when I saw her yesterday.

    3I Iíve got a headache and Iím feeling sick
    4 When James is playing music heís happy.

    Secondly to what was humble refering when he/she said they are all present participals

    Thirdly is this explanation of Gerunds correct "


    It is a noun in the form of the present PARTICIPLE of a verb (that is, ending in -ing)

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    Re: Help needed with gerunds

    Yes, most English verbs have a present participle form that is its infinitive form without the word to and with the ending -ing added to it.

    When we use that present participle form as a noun then we call it a gerund.

    Swimming is good exercise. The present participle swimming is the subject of this sentence, it is acting as a noun, therefore it is a gerund.

    Harry is swimming in the lake. The present participle swimming is used here with the present tense verb is to indicate an action that is happening in the present. It is not a gerund.

    All of your sample sentences have some form of the word be: is, was, were, am are connected to them.

    1. I'm [I am] going
    2. ...was washing
    3. ...am feeling
    4. ...is playing

    Therefore, they are not gerunds.

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