English Grammar Overview - Parts of Speech - Infinitive & Gerund

 

And now we'll have a look at both the infinitive and the gerund. Infinitive is the word "to", followed by the base form of the verb. We"ll typically use it after a verb, specifically verbs like "want" or "hope". We can make statements like "I want to go to the beach." We also have our gerund. Our gerund is a verb followed by "-ing", but specifically used as a noun within the sentence. We have a verb plus a gerund: "I enjoy playing poker." The main verb is "enjoy" and, although "playing" looks as if it's a verb, it's actually used as the noun within the sentence. We also can use it with a preposition followed by a gerund: "How about going to the beach?" We could also put it in the front of a sentence: "Smoking is bad for you." Again, the verb plus "-ing" can act as two things within the sentence. We've got the gerund, otherwise the noun in the sentence, "Smoking is bad for you." You've also got the verb plus "-ing" in the present participle form when in its main verb of the sentence. An example there of would be "I'm not smoking."


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This unit discussed the four basic parts of learning and knowing a language, reading and listening and speaking and writing. The reading and listening skills are considered to be a part of the productive skills. Neither of the aforementioned skills are more important than each other but are designed to work congruently together to develop language skills.I have repeated information about past continuous tense. I have repeated information about past simple tense. I have repeated information about past perfect continuous tense. I have repeated information about past perfect tense. And difference between them. I have repeated information about regular and irregular forms of verbs. Now I understand it better.


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