LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||27/OUT/2005 5:23 PM|
|Assunto:||"To" pode ser substantivo?|
A gerund (ing-form) often functions in general statements as an uncountable noun with no article. It can also be replaced by it:
Dancing is fun. I love it.
Sometimes the gerund functions as a countable noun which can be replaced by it (singular) or they (plural):
Dickens often gave readings of his work. They were very popular.
We can use a gerund after determiners like "a", "the", "this", "a lot of", "some", or after possessives and adjectives:
Brendel has made a new recording. The recording was made live.
The sinking of the Titanic has never been forgotten.
What's all this arguing?
Your quick thinking saved us all.
The gerund can be used in the following ways:
- as subject of a sentence;
- as complement of a verb;
- after prepositions;
- after certain verbs;
- in noun compounds.
Sources: Longman English Grammar by L. G. Alexander and A Practical English Grammar by A.J.Thomson / A.V.Martinet
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