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A form that is derived from a verb but that functions as a noun, in English ending in -ing, e.g., asking in do you mind my asking you?
- ‘First, a noun form of the verb, i.e. gerund or agentive noun, is combined with some other word to make a compound word.’
- ‘He also advises that one should use the active instead of the passive voice and gerunds instead of noun constructions.’
- ‘‘Othering’, a favourite gerund in current academic-literary discussion, has yet to enter the dictionaries, but it shouldn't have long to wait.’
- ‘The writer describes one press conference: ‘During this 35-minute briefing the Secretary will use ‘kill’ nine times in various tenses and gerunds.’’
- ‘I once learned that you should put possessives before gerunds; that ‘rule’ is sometimes awkward and pointless, but maybe it has something going for it here.’
Early 16th century: from late Latin gerundium, from gerundum, variant of gerendum, the gerund of Latin gerere ‘do’.
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