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Gerund

The gerund is a verb form that works like a noun. It looks like a normal verb + -ing:
to cook (infinitive) cooking (gerund).

Form

To form a gerund, you add the ending "-ing" to the infinitive form of any main verb:
gerund = infinitive (without to) + "-ing"
Here are a few examples:

Gerundium

Das Gerundium ist eine Verbform, die wie ein Nomen funktioniert. Es sieht aus wie ein normales Verb + -ing
to cook (Infinitiv) cooking (Gerundium).

Bildung

Um ein Gerundium zu bilden, hängst du die Endung "-ing" an den Infinitiv jedes beliebigen Verbs an.
Gerundium = Infinitiv (ohne to) + "-ing"
Hier sind ein paar Beispiele:
 
 
 
 
Gerund
 
to go
 
going
 
to walk
 
walking
 
to swim
 
swimming
 
to sing
 
singing
 
to write
 
writing
 
 
 

Use

Gerunds can be used either as subjects or objects (like nouns) or after a preposition.
Used as a subject, it looks like this:
Cooking(subject) can take a lot of time.
If it is in the position of an object, it looks like this:
I enjoy cooking(object).
And if it comes after a preposition, it looks like this:
I have learned a lot about health through(preposition) cooking.
In the following, you will find a list with several examples of each type.

Gebrauch

Das Gerundium kann entweder als Subjekt oder als Objekt benutzt werden (wie Nomen) oder nach einer Präposition.
Als Subjekt verwendet sieht es so aus:
Cooking(Subjekt) can take a lot of time.
Wenn es als Objekt fungiert, sieht das so aus:
I enjoy cooking(Objekt).
Und wenn es nach einer Präposition kommt, sieht das so aus:
I have learned a lot about health through(Preposition) cooking.
Im Nachfolgenden wirst du eine Liste mit Beispielsätzen zu jeden dieser Typen finden.
Funktion: Subjekt
  • Running is a hard sport.
  • Sunbathing is not very good for your skin.
  • Riding a bike is better for the environment than driving a car.
  • Watching too much TV is not good for children.
Funktion: Objekt
  • Tina enjoys working at her new job.
  • Have you ever considered moving to the United States?
  • Lara has finished reading her book.
  • Andrew misses going out with his friends in England.
Nach einer Präposition
  • I am interested in learning more foreign languages.
  • Janice is proud of being a good sportswoman.
  • Mark is really good at cooking.
  • Albert Einstein is famous for being very clever.
Now it's time you do some work! Read through the text below. Mark the gerunds yellow and normal progressive forms orange!
Jetzt ist es Zeit für ein wenig Arbeit! Lies dir den nachfolgenden Text durch. Markiere die Gerundiumformen gelb und normale Progressive-Formen orange!
 
 
 
 
  1. Finding new friends can be difficult if you don't know anybody.
  2. Peter has improved his grades by studying hard.
  3. I don't think that skipping school is a good idea.
  4. Lisa likes walking through the streets on her own.
  5. Listening to music is one of my favourite occupations.
  6. Lucas could not stop laughing.
  7. This flower is in danger of dying if you do not give it some water.
  8. I was sitting in the kitchen, when suddenly Mark came in.
 
 
 
 
In the next exercise you have to fill in the gaps by putting the words in brackets into their gerund form!
In der nächsten Übung musst du die Lücken füllen, indem du die Wörter in Klammern in Gerundien verwandelst!
 
 
 
  1. I am afraid of 
     alone at night. (to go out)

     
  2. Frances said that there was absolutely no reason for 
     angry. (to be)

     
  3. Alfred avoids 
     Ralph whenever he can. (to meet)

     
  4. Can you imagine 
     in a foreign country? (to live)

     
  5. I am really sorry for 
     your earrings. (to lose)

     
  6. Mia is already very excited about 
     to the movies tonight. (to go)

     
  7. My dad hates 
     at the doctor's. (to wait)

     
  8.  has always been Mary's favourite sport. (to dance)

     
  9. My grandma is really clever at 
     new games for children. (to invent)

     
 
 
 
 

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