Though the term might sound a bit intimidating, it really is simple. Here, we'll take a close look at gerund phrases and provide several examples so you can easily recognize them and use them to create interesting sentences.
Time for a quick refresher: A gerund is a noun formed with a verb ending in ing. Words like swimming, tying, dreaming, eating, fishing, and drinking can all be used as gerunds.
Now that we've refreshed your memory, let's take a look at the gerund phrase. A gerund phrase always follows these rules:
In the following gerund phrase examples, the gerund is highlighted in bold and the entire gerund phrase is underlined. A brief explanation of the function of the gerund phrase follows each example.
Blowing bubbles on a windy day is the subject of the verb is.
Piling too much laundry into a washing machine is the subject of the verb will cause.
Driving off the cliff is the direct object of the verb avoided.
Eating ice cream on a hot day is the subject of the verb can be.
Bothering the neighbors with loud music is the direct object of the verb enjoys.