This is the first time I enter this forum.
I’d like someone to give me a hand with this teaching point. I’ve had to do a lot of thinking about its use and I’d like you to confirm or to (opposite of confirm? ) my hipothesis. Having in mind that I have to use very simple words I thought I could say they’re used to talk about actions. (Although I’m not too pleased with the term; they don’t always describe actions)
Any suggestions about what they describe?
Thanks a lot!
16 April, 2007 at 14:47
Total posts: 26
Reply To: Gerund phrases
You’re absolutely right that gerunds describe actions – but they have various uses, all of which need to be taught at different levels and in different ways :
a) As a noun describing various activities : He teaches skiing; Today we’re going to do some writing. including in compound nouns a writing lesson, a skiing instructor
b) As a complement of BE : The part of my job I hate most is dealing with customer complaints.
c) As the subject of the sentence : Sitting in the sun makes me feel ill, Walking gives me backache
d) After prepositions : Thank you for letting us know; I look forward to meeting you
e) Used after other verbs : I hate flying, I don’t remember saying you could do that!
f)Used after various expressions like It’s no good … It’s not worth … : It’s no good sending him a message – he never checks his E-mail.
Don’t try and introduce all of these at once! Usually, students meet gerunds (other than as part of the continuous form) first after verbs of likes and dislikes (I love skiing, I hate studying etc) Then at intermediate level the other uses would be gradually brought in.