I am so glad you asked! 🙂 This funny sounding word has a simple explanation.
A gerund is a verb form with the “ing” added to it and functions as a noun. Many times (but not always), a gerund is preceded by a possessive noun or a possessive pronoun.
Reading is Janice’s favorite hobby. (Reading is the gerund and is used as a noun/subject of this sentence.)
I like writing. (Writing is the gerund and is used as a noun/direct object of this sentence.)
Jackie is afraid of falling down the stairs. (Falling is the gerund and used as a noun/object of the preposition “of” in this sentence.)
Andrew is a huge fan of my cooking. (Cooking is the gerund and used as a noun/object of the preposition “of” in this sentence. It is also preceded by the possessive pronoun “my.”)
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