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gerund

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin gerundium, from gerundus (which is to be carried out), future passive participle (gerundive) of gerō (carry, bear).

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NounEdit

gerund (plural gerunds)

  1. (grammar) A verbal form that functions as a verbal noun. (In English, a gerund has the same spelling as a present participle, but functions differently.)
    In the phrase ‘Walking is good exercise.’, walking is a gerund.
  2. (grammar) In some languages such as Italian or Russian, a verbal form similar to a present participle, but functioning as an adverb. These words are sometimes referred to as conjunctive participles.
    In the Russian 'Нельзя переходить улицу, читая газету.’ (One shouldn’t cross a street while reading a newspaper.), читая ‘while reading’ is a gerund.

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gerund

  1. past participle of runnen

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This participle needs an inflection-table template.