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gerund phrases: A gerund is a verb form which functions as a noun and ends in -ing (e.g. asking in do you mind my asking you?). A gerund phrase will begin with a gerund, an ing word, and might include other modifiers and/or objects. Gerund phrases always function as nouns, so they will be subjects, subject complements, or objects in the sentence, e.g.: Eating ice cream on a rollercoaster can be a messy experience. Eating ice cream on a rollercoaster = subject of the verb can be. Smoking is hazardous to your health. Smoking = subject of the verb is. Being a soldier requires being very fit Being a soldier= subject of the verb requires. being very fit = direct object of the verb require.
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What is an gerund phrase function?

  "Gerund" is a grammatical term for a verb that is used as a noun, for example in the sentence "I like running" in which case "running" is a gerund.

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