|Gerund Phrase Recognition Practice
Definition: A gerund phrase is made up of a gerund and all the words that can modify it. The words or phrases that can modify a gerund are an adjective, adverb, and a prepositional phrase, plus it can have a direct object.
Why can it have these modifiers?
Remember that a gerund is a verb form ending in -ing. Because it is a VERB, it can have an adverb modifying it. Also, it can have an adverb prepositional phrase modifying it. Besides all that, it can have a direct object, just like any action verb can have.
Why an adjective or adjective prepositional phrase modifying it? Remember that a gerund is a verb form used as a NOUN, therefore it can have an adjective or adjective prepositional phrase modifying it.
1. The course's goal is providing students with knowledge of basic math.
2. Frequently asking for funds may hinder receiving them.
Exercise Directions: Write down the gerund phrase and then tell
how the entire phrase is used in the sentence: either subject, direct
object, predicate noun or object of the preposition. (If it is
object of the preposition, the preposition will be before the gerund.)
Example: The troop found different ways of raising money.
2. Walking the path in the woods is good exercise.
3. The teacher ended Jim's disrupting behavior.
4. We should teach our children the necessity of helping others in need.
5. You should try singing tenor.
6. Kristin's dream was singing in the local musical.
7. Bart received an award for having perfect attendance.
8. The chorus began singing the song.
9. Some people enjoy mowing the lawn.
10. Reading the classics is my goal this summer.