What is the meaning of gerund?
A gerund is a noun made from a verb by adding “ing.” The gerund form of the verb “eat” is “eating.” You can use a gerund as the subject, the complement, or the object of a sentence.
Structure of the Gerund: verb + ing
Gerund also acts like a noun, for example:
1- Skiing is the best activity for me.
2- Hunting tigers is dangerous.
3- Singing is my favorite hobby.
Here as we see in the above examples we can use a gerund as a noun in the sentence.
Gerund After Preopsition
We can also put gerunds after prepositions, How can we do this? look at the example below:
1- After eating, I went out.“
2-The dog can’t live without eating.
3-By working hard, you will reach your goal.
Verb + Preposition + Gerund
1- Ask about + gerund ( I want to ask about buying this item.)
2- Apologize for + gerund. ( I apologize for saying a bad word to my brother.)
3- Depend on + gerund. ( I depended on having my plan to reach the target .)
4- Believe in + gerund. (I believe in having you in my life .)
5- Aim at + gerund. ( The policemen aim at keeping people safe .)
6- Decide to + gerund. ( I decided to taking these flowers to her. )
7- Care for + gerund. ( I care for feeding my baby every day .)
8- Look forward to+ gerund. ( I look forward to meeting you tonight .)
9- Rely on + gerund. ( I rely on him washing my car every morning .)
10- Pay for + gerund. (I Pay for using the computer at college.)
11- Insist on + gerund. ( I insist on studying every night.)
12- Worry about + gerund. ( I worry about leaving her alone .)
13- Give up + gerund. ( I will give up smoking).
14- Talk about + gerund. ( I was talking about losing my phone in the mall .)
15- Agree to + gerund. ( I agree to travelling abroad)
16- Succeed in + gerund. ( I succeeded in meeting the deadline in the project .)
17- Used to + gerund. ( I used to playing tennis when I was a child. )
18- Take to + gerund. ( He took to studying Turkish language yesterday.)
19- Leave off + gerund. ( He left off playing football .)
20- Keep on + gerund. ( I keep on following the diet .)
21- Put off + gerund. ( I put off doing my task for tomorrow.)
22-Concentrate on + gerund (I can’t concentrate on reading the book.)