Word of the Day: Gerund


ger-und / jĕr-ənd


1. in Latin, a noun formed from a verb, used in all cases except the nominative, expresses generalized or incomplete action
Latin gerunds are formed by taking the present base plus the thematic vowel, adding -nd- and first/second-declension neuter singular endings, for example, videndum, meaning “(the act of) seeing,” or credendum, meaning “(the act of) believing.”
www.usu.edu/markdamen/latin1000/Presentation/transcriptions/39T.pdf, accessed July 29, 2022

2. a noun formed from a verb, often by adding “ing”
If you can remember all the accessories that go with your best outfit, the contents of your purse, the starting lineup of the New York Yankees or the Houston Oilers, or what label "Hang On Sloopy" by The McCoys was on, you are capable of remembering the differences between a gerund (verb form used as a noun) and a participle (verb form used as an adjective).
Stephen King, 1947 -


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