Lesson: Grammar Tidbit - Gerunds

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What about this sentence - Smoking causes cancer.
Is 'smoking' a gerund in this sentence?

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Yes, "smoking" a gerund in this sentence, because it's playing the role of a noun. In fact, "smoking" is the subject that performs the verb ("causes").

Who/what CAUSES cancer? Smoking does.

In the sentence, "I'm interested in wine-tasting", is wine-tasting a gerund?
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That's correct.

In the following sentences are the -ing words gerunds

Lets go swimming
Running in place makes me tired
You got caught jumping on the bed
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In the middle sentence ("Running in place makes me tired"), "running" is a noun. In the others, the "ing" word is a present participle.

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