Grammar Tip – Gerunds

You’re probably now asking yourself what a gerund is. A gerund is a word that ends in “ing.” It is normally a verb, but it is now being used as a noun.

For example, I like writing. (Writing is a gerund.)

The trick with a gerund is that if a noun or pronoun precedes it, it must be in the possessive form.

Incorrect

I appreciate you helping me.?(Helping is a gerund. The pronoun in front must be possessive.)

Correct

I appreciate your helping me. (Your is a possessive pronoun.)

Incorrect

The plane landing on time surprised us.?(Landing is a gerund. The noun in front must be possessive.)

Correct

The plane’s landing on time surprised us.

Possessive pronouns are my, your, his, her, our, and its.

 

 

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