(in Latin) a form that is derived from a verb but that functions as an adjective, denoting something “that should or must be done.”
- ‘The Turkish sentence has an economy of words and an elegance which are due to the language being agglutinative, using participles, gerundives, and gerunds.’
- ‘I said all of the above emphasised with many gerundives of the vernacular terms for pundendum.’
- ‘They were copies of ‘Anglice Reddenda’, a very nice example of a gerundive: ‘Things to be translated into English’.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘gerund’): from late Latin gerundivus (modus) ‘gerundive (mood)’, from gerundium (see gerund).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.