The gerund form of a verb (also often referred to as the “ing” form) is made by taking the infinitive form of a verb, for example, to go and adding “+ ing” to it.
So, in the case of the verb to go:
To go → go + ing = going
Let’s take another example,
To drink → drink + ing = drinking
The gerund basically behaves like a noun and is used in the same way – and it is especially common for certain verbs like to love, to hate, and to like to have a gerund following them:
I love swimming.
I hate running.
I like eating.
I love going to the cinema.
My son hates getting up in the morning.
Simple Rules for using Gerunds
- Gerunds (also often referred to as the “ing” form of a verb) DO NOT take any articles (definite or indefinite – “the” or “a” – see here for explanation on how to use the definite or indefinite article).
So, for example, one CANNOT say: The driving, or A driving:
WRONG: The driving from Manchester to London was very long.
CORRECT: The drive from Manchester to London was very long.
WRONG: I like the swimming.
CORRECT: I like swimming
- Gerunds can be used as a noun.
Swimming is good for you.
Eating healthy food is a pleasure.
Some examples gerunds:
|INFINITIVE FORM||GERUND FORM|