How to use the gerund in English. The 3 easy rules

Stop making mistakes with the gerund in English

Ready to stop making mistakes with the gerund in English once and for all?  Today you’re going to learn 3 rules to correctly use gerunds (verbs ending in -ing) in English.

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One of the most common doubts when learning English is deciding whether to use the infinitive or the gerund form of a verb. Has this happened to you too?

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There are three simple rules we can use to know when to use -ing with a verb:

1. The gerund is used at the beginning of a sentence as the subject of the sentence. For example, “Surfing in Hawaii is my childhood dream.”


2. We use the gerund after prepositions. For example, “I am interested in traveling to Canada one day.”


3. We use the gerund after certain verbs like suggest, recommend, avoid, risk, or enjoy.

ACtivity 1: common expressions followed by a gerund

Match the verbs or expressions with the corresponding sentences. Note that all are followed by verbs ending in -ing.

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