Errors in the use of Gerund

Errors in the use of Gerund

Errors in the use of Gerund


Gerunds are verbal nouns. This means that they are nouns formed from verbs. 

Method of Formation:

By adding “ing” with the first form of verb. 

1. Catch1st verbCatch+ingGerund
2. Swim1st verbSwim+ingGerund
3. Eat1st verbEat+ingGerund
4. Run1st verbRun+ingGerund

Errors in the use of Gerund:

1. The possessive case of the noun and pronoun should be used before gerunds. 


i. I dislike my friend coming so early.  Incorrect

I dislike my friend’s coming so early.  Correct 

Note: In this sentence ‘coming’ is gerund and ‘my friend’s is  possessive case.

ii. I dislike khalid of going to the cinema. (incorrect)

I dislike Khalid’s  going to the cinema. (correct)


I dislike you wandering about the streets at night.  Incorrect 

I dislike your wandering about the streets at night.  Correct 

Possessive case of pronouns 

PronounsPossessive case PronounsPossessive case 

2. Possessive cases should be placed immediately before the noun they refer to. This rule is applied when a noun is a gerund.


I ask you favour of granting me an interview.  Incorrect 

I ask favour of your granting me an interview.  Correct 

(Here granting is gerund use possessive case ‘your’ with it.)

3. The use of Gerund and infinitive is often confused 

a. If a sentence expresses some purpose, infinitive should be used instead of gerund.

i. He went to Lahore for study.  Incorrect 

He went to Lahore to study.  Correct 

ii. I went to the bazaar for buy clothes.  Incorrect 

I went to the bazaar to buy clothes.  correct 

b. If a verb is followed by a preposition, it often takes gerund. 


i. I am fond of eat. Incorrect 

I am fond of eating.  Correct 

ii. He is good at  hunt. Incorrect 

He is good at hunting. correct 

Verbs followed only by Infinitive  

4. These verbs are followed only by infinitives.

Advise: I advise them to be careful. 

Agree:  she agreed to meet us for dinner.

Hope: I hope to meet her. 

Refuse: He refused to take medicine. 

Ask: She asked to use the restroom. 

Tell: I told her to get ready for school. 

Offer: She offered to give us direction.

 Remind: My mother reminded me to take an umbrella today.

The other verbs: appear, plan, expect, invite, decide, warn and promise. 

Words followed only by Gerund

5. These verbs are followed only by gerunds. 

Bad at: He is bad at drawing. 

Excel in: He excels in reading

Give up: She gave up taking the bus after she bought a car. 

Keep on: She kept on looking at me. 

Persist in: He persisted in buying a new car. 

Finish: He finished watching the movie at eleven.

Look forward to: He is looking forward to meeting me..

With a view to: With a view to going there, I took a taxi. 

The other verbs are enjoy, fond of, insist on and suggest  

6. Verbs followed by Gerund and Infinitive 

i) Begin: They began to work at 8:30. (Infinitive)

They began working at 8:30. (Gerund)

ii) Can’t stand: I can’t stand to hear this music. (Infinitive)

I can’t stand hearing this music.  (Gerund)

iii)Go: He loves to go fishing. (Infinitive)

He loves going fishing. (Gerund)

iv) Hate: I hate to wash dishes. (Infinitive) 

   I hate washing dishes. (Gerund)

v) Like: Salma likes to swim. (Infinitive)

Salma likes swimming. (Gerund)

vi) Start: He started to smoke. (Infinitive)

He started smoking. (Gerund)

vii) Love I love to swim.

I love swimming.


1. He is bad to draw. (incorrect)

He is bad at drawing.(correct)

2. He is addicted to gamble.(incorrect)

He is addicted to gambling..(correct)

3. He has no intention of meet him.(incorrect)

He has no intention of meeting him. (correct)

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