Least You Need To Know”
Nouns take a singular verb if they are all doing the same thing:
The class is/are performing poetry today.
The school committee was/were unanimous.
The faculty was/were split on what to do about the new schedule.
When a verb ends in -ing, it may be a gerund or a
present participle. It is important to understand that they are not the same.
When we use a verb in -ing form more like a noun, it is
usually a gerund:
When we use a verb in -ing form more like a verb or
an adjective, it is usually a present participle:
For extra credit, we look at how we use gerunds, followed by a quiz
to check your understanding. I
am piloting the materials on this page and I appreciate any input of the
attached quizzes from a student’s perspective.
grammarians do not like to use the expression "gerund". That is
because there is sometimes no clear difference between a gerund and a present