Simple Definition of gerund
grammar : an English noun formed from a verb by adding -ing
Full Definition of gerund
1 : a verbal noun in Latin that expresses generalized or uncompleted action
2 : any of several linguistic forms analogous to the Latin gerund in languages other than Latin; especially : the English verbal noun ending in -ing that has the function of a substantive and at the same time shows the verbal features of tense, voice, and capacity to take adverbial qualifiers and to govern objects
Examples of gerund
In the sentence “Learning can be fun,” “learning” is a gerund.
Origin of gerund
Late Latin gerundium, from Latin gerundus, gerundive of gerere to bear, carry on
First Known Use: 1513
Rhymes with gerund
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