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Chapter 11. Phrases: Prime-Time Players > Verbal Phrases: Talk Soup - Pg. 112

Phrases: Prime-Time Players 112 Two sentences:Noel Coward made a slight but pointed adjustment to an old cliché. He once de- scribed another writer as every other inch a gentleman. One sentence:Making a slight but pointed adjustment to the old cliché, Noel Coward once descri- bed another writer as every other inch a gentleman. Gerund Phrases A gerund is a form of a verb used as a noun. Remember the following two guidelines when you hunt for gerunds: · Gerunds always end in - ing. · Gerunds always act as nouns. Gerunds can function as subjects, direct objects, indirect objects, objects of a preposition, predicate nominatives, and appositives. Here are some examples of gerunds: · Leroy expanded his skills by studying. The gerund "studying" is the object of the preposition "by." · At the age of 10, Irving started running. The gerund "running" is a direct object. You Could Look It Up