Although similar to a verbal noun, the two are not identical, as a gerund retains properties of a verb, whereas a verbal noun does not; in English this is most evident in the fact that a gerund can be modified by an adverb and can take a direct object. The term “-ing form” is often used in English to refer to the gerund specifically.
E.g. She admitted stealing the money
E.g. You should avoid walking home after 2 a.m.
- Carry on
E.g. I will carry on living in Ireland until 2013.
E.g. Have you considered living in Italy? The weather is nicer.
E.g. I won’t delay studying. I’m going to start tonight.
E.g. The criminal denied killing the woman.
- (Do) + mind
E.g. I don’t mind sleeping on the sofa.
E.g. I enjoy travelling around the world.
E.g. Have you finished cleaning the kitchen?
- Give up
E.g. I want to give up smoking soon.
E.g. Can you imagine winning the lottery? I would be amazing!
E.g. I think I will keep studying until 11 pm.
E.g. I miss spending time with my friends in Spain.
E.g. Don’t postpone studying for the exam.
- Spend (time)
E.g. Do you spend a lot of time studying?
E.g. I recommend learning English in Ireland.
E.g. We cannot risk going home late because there are no buses.
E.g. They suggested going to the cinema, but we said no.
E.g. I cannot tolerate living here. The weather is too bad!
E.g. She advised waiting until tomorrow.
E.g. I anticipate having a good time on vacation.
E.g. I appreciated hearing from them.
E.g. I can’t bear waiting in long lines.
E.g. It began raining.
E.g. I finally completed writing my term paper.
E.g. He continued speaking.
E.g. They discussed opening a new business.
E.g. I dislike driving long distances.
E.g. I’ll never forget visiting Napolenon’s tomb.
E.g. I hate making silly mistakes.
- Can’t help
E.g. I can’t help worrying about it.
E.g. I like going to movies.
E.g. I love going to operas.
E.g. She mentioned going to a movie.
E.g. The athlete practiced throwing the ball.
E.g. Jame prefers talking to driving to work.
E.g. He quit trying to solve the problem.
E.g. I don’t recall meeting him before.
E.g. I don’t recollect meeting him before.
E.g. I regret telling him secret.
E.g. I can remember meeting him when I was a child.
E.g. I resent her interfering in my business.
E.g. I couldn’t resist eating the dessert.
E.g. I can’t stand waiting in long lines.
E.g. It started raining.
E.g. She stopped going to classes when she got sick.
E.g. I tried changing the light bulb, but the lamp still didn’t work
E.g. I don’t understand his leaving school.