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Webster 1913 Edition


Gerund

Ger′und

,
Noun.
[L.
gerundium
, fr.
gerere
to bear, carry, perform. See
Gest
a deed,
Jest
.]
(Lat. Gram.)
1.
A kind of verbal noun, having only the four oblique cases of the singular number, and governing cases like a participle.
3.
(AS. Gram.)
A verbal noun ending in -e, preceded by to and usually denoting purpose or end; – called also the
dative infinitive
; as, “Ic hæbbe mete tô etanne” (I have meat to eat.).

Webster 1828 Edition


Gerund

GER'UND

,
Noun.
[L. gerundium, from gero, to bear.] In the Latin grammar, a kind of verbal noun, partaking of the nature of a participle.

Definition 2022


gerund

gerund

English

Noun

gerund (plural gerunds)

Examples (verb form that functions as a noun)

Walking is good exercise.
The baby's crying was a constant annoyance.
He most enjoyed the singing.

Examples (verb form that functions as an adverb)

Russian: Нельзя переходить улицу, читая газету.
One shouldn’t cross a street while reading a newspaper.

  1. (grammar) A verbal form that functions as a verbal noun. (In English, a gerund has the same spelling as a present participle, but functions differently.)
    • 1991, Edward Johnson, The Handbook of Good English, page 208,
      Compounds in which gerunds are the second element look exactly like compounds in which present participles are the second element, but different principles of hyphenation apply.
    • 2002, Dan Mulvey, Grammar the Easy Way, page 25,
      Like any noun, the gerund functions as a subject, direct object, indirect object, object of the preposition, or predicate nominative. The gerund phrase is made up of the present participle ("-ing") and can contain an object and/or a modifier (and sometimes many modifiers). The gerund is a verbal noun.
    • 2005, Gary Lutz, Diane Stevenson, The Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference, page 55,
      Gerunds and gerund phrases are always nouns, so they are always predicate nominatives when used as complements. Do be careful to distinguish progressive-tense verbs from gerunds used as subjective complements.
  2. (grammar) In some languages such as Italian or Russian, a verbal form similar to a present participle, but functioning as an adverb. These words are sometimes referred to as conjunctive participles.

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Participle

gerund

  1. past participle of runnen

Declension

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