The Gerund – English Grammar
1. What is the Gerund?
-ing form used as a noun
infinitive + -ing
Gerund as Subject:
Going to parties is fun.
Gerund as Object:
I enjoy reading.
4. Gerund after the following verbs
He admitted having driven too fast.
They avoid going on holiday on Saturdays.
If we carry on sleeping so badly, we may need help.
Ralph is considering buying a new house.
I delayed telling Max the news.
She denies reading the book.
We dislike reading poems.
He couldn't help falling in love with her.
I enjoy playing chess.
They finished working in the garden.
Susan gives up playing ice-hockey.
He imagined driving a new car.
Your responsibility includes taking reservations on the phone.
The project will involve growing plants.
I cannot justify paying $100 for this ticket.
They keep on running.
Did Alex ever mention playing baseball?
I don't mind sleeping on the couch.
They miss playing with their friends.
She practised playing hockey.
Do you regret having mentioned it?
You risk catching a cold.
She suggested flying to Cairo.
* After regret the to-infinitive is used when announcing bad news: We regret to inform you that the flight to Munich has been cancelled.
5. Gerund after special phrases
to be busy
He is busy reading the paper.
I don't mind telling them my opinion.
We feel like having a cup of tea.
How about walking home instead of taking the car?
it's (no) good
It's no good talking to this girl.
it's no use
It's no use talking to the headmaster.
spend one's time
They spend their time reading.
There's no cheating anymore.
there's no point
There's no point in complaining further.
What about going to the zoo?
The book is worth reading.
Thanks to Ulrike Schroedter.