Gerund Phrases

Gerund Phrases :

Phrase :

A Phrase is a combination of group of related words which contribute to the overall structure of the sentence and the meaning of the sentence.

They visited the temple in the Big City – Tirupati.

The group of words in bold is called a phrase. The group of words has no separate meaning whereas that group of words adds value to the overall sentence and gives meaning to the sentence. This is the nature of a phrase and the limitation of a phrase. Since, a phrase plays a various functions in a sentence; there are nine types of phrases widely used in our sentences. The noun in this type of phrase is called the object of the preposition.

Gerund Phrases

A gerund is a verb ending with ING. (Verb + ing)

GO ----- GO + ING = GOING




This type of phrase has a gerund and modifiers or other words related to the gerund. This type of phrase acts like a noun in the sentence. It also acts as a subject, object or complement in a sentence

They prefer walking.

The gerund WALKING acts like a noun in this sentence. What they like is WALKING. So, WALKING is a noun although in the form of a gerund.

1. I like traveling in the mountains.

2. He loves eating mangoes.

This type of phrase acts like a subject of the verb.

ACTING is a serious business these days.

In this sentence what is serious business is ACTION. So, ACTING is the subject in the gerund form.

This type of phrase acts like an object of the verb.

My brother likes walking in the rain.

In this sentence, WALKING is the object of the verb LIKES.

Few more examples of this type of phrases :

1. Typing in the computer key-board is quite easy.

2. Singing a song Tamil language is my life-time ambition.

3. Doing business in USA what we have planned.

4. Expanding our network into Arabian Countries is our next move.

5. They are planning directing their next movie in Kashmir.

6. Swimming in the near-by lake is my favorite exercise.

7. Dogs enjoy barking at thieves.

8. Going around the town by riding my bike is our hobby.

9. Doing better than your last year performance should be your aim.

10. He is shouting at his employees.


  1. Kinds of Phrases
  2. Noun Phrases
  3. Prepositional Phrases
  4. Adjective Phrases
  5. Adverb Phrases
  6. Verb Phrases
  7. Infinitive Phrases
  8. Infinitives
  9. Participle Phrases
  10. Absolute Phrases
  11. Nominative Phrase
  12. Appositive Phrases

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