gerund

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noun ger·und \ ˈjer-ənd , ˈje-rənd \

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 (see govern 4) objects

Examples of gerund in a Sentence

  1. 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

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GERUND Defined for English Language Learners

gerund

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noun

Definition of gerund for English Language Learners

  • grammar : an English noun formed from a verb by adding -ing



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