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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Examples (French gérondifs)

Je l'ai découvert en cherchant quelque chose d'autre.

I discovered it while looking for something else.

C'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron. (proverb)

It's by forging that one becomes a blacksmith. (That is, practice makes perfect.)

gérondif m (plural gérondifs)

  1. (grammar) a syntactical construction of French composed of the present participle preceded with the preposition en, used to express simultaneity or manner; an adverbial participle
  2. a Latin gerundive, a verbal adjective expressing necessity
  3. an English gerund

AdjectiveEdit

gérondif (feminine singular gérondive, masculine plural gérondifs, feminine plural gérondives)

  1. of or pertaining to the gérondif.

Usage notesEdit

  • Although gerund is often translated in French by gérondif, the gérondif is not an actual conjugated form, and serves different syntactical uses. Calling the gérondif a gerund may create confusion.

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