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 a sentence
In the sentence “Learning can be fun,” “learning” is a gerund.
Origin and Etymology of gerund
Late Latin gerundium, from Latin gerundus, gerundive of gerere to bear, carry on
First Known Use: 1513
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