Gerund Phrase

Recognize a gerund phrase when you see one.

What is it?

A gerund phrase will begin with a gerund, an ing word, and will include other modifiers and/or objects. Gerund phrases always function as nouns, so they will be subjects, subject complements, or objects in the sentence.


Eating ice cream on a windy day can be a messy experience if you have long, untamed hair.

A more disastrous activity for long-haired people is blowing giant bubble gum bubbles with the car windows down.

Wild food adventures require getting your hair cut to a short, safe length.

Piling too much laundry into a washing machine will cause it to malfunction.

Ethan narrowly avoided driving off the cliff.

Explanation of Use

Gerund phases are used when and ing word is used. It includes other modifiers and objects. A gerund phrases will always functions as a noun.
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