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Jane Thurnell Readís Classification of Gerunds

Gerunds are Verbal Nouns – that is, they can be used either as a verb or a noun. Strictly speaking many of the ‘gerunds’ listed below are not gerunds but they do help to make phrases.

The examples within these categories are not mutually exclusive. The same gerund can appear in different categories.

Commonly occurring gerunds –

E.g. accepting, being, coping with, dealing with, feeling, knowing, letting go (of), needing, staying, wanting

Comprehending gerunds –

E.g. assessing, classifying, comparing, contrasting, explaining, expressing, discussing, formulating, grasping, illustrating, selecting

Emotional gerunds –

E.g. caring, enjoying, fearing, forgiving, hating, loving, nurturing,

Evaluating gerunds –

E.g. assessing, criticizing, determining, identifying, judging, valuing

Five senses gerunds –

E.g. hearing, feeling, saying, seeing, smelling, touching

Gerunds about the past –

E.g. abandoning, letting go of, releasing

Gerunds about doing to others –

E.g. criticizing, confronting, connecting with, ignoring, sharing, supporting, punishing, trusting

Going forward gerunds –

E.g. becoming, beginning, changing, correcting, developing, embracing, growing, hoping, integrating, opening up to, optimizing

Gerunds associated with the Energy System –

E.g. balancing, correcting, harmonizing, integrating, optimizing

Gerunds associated with physical health –

E.g. assimilating, balancing, correcting, harmonizing, healing, nourishing, optimizing, overcoming, suffering

Making clearer / larger gerunds –

E.g. amplifying, developing, growing, generating, optimizing

Making clearer / smaller gerunds –

E.g. blocking, defeating, hiding, preventing, suppressing

Physical activity gerunds Ė

E.g. breathing, eating, exercising, learning, operating, organizing, performing, teaching, walking, working

Staying still gerunds Ė

E.g. blocking, existing, preventing, stagnating, staying, suppressing, withholding

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