Lesson 211 – Parts of the Sentence – Verbals – Gerunds

A gerund always ends in ing and is used as a noun. Eatingis fun.
The gerund can be a subject (Eating is fun.); a direct object (I like eating.); a predicate nominative (A fun time is eating.); an appositive (A fun time, eating, takes much time.); an indirect object (I give eating too much time.); or an object of a preposition (I give much time to eating.)
Instructions: Find the gerunds in the following sentences and tell if they are used as subject, direct object, predicate nominative, appositive, indirect object, or object of the preposition.
1. My father’s occupation was farming.
2. My desire, traveling, may happen soon.
3. Writing is sometimes difficult.
4. By saving, we can do our traveling.
5. Some people give gossiping too much time.
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. farming = predicate nominative
2. traveling = appositive
3. writing = subject
4. saving = object of the preposition / traveling = direct object
5. gossiping = indirect object

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