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noun 
  1. (grammar) A verbal form that functions as a verbal noun. (In English, a gerund has the same spelling as a present participle, but functions differently.)
In the phrase "Walking is good exercise.", walking is a .
  1. (grammar) In some languages such as Italian or Russian, a verbal form similar to a present participle, but functioning as an adverb. These words are sometimes referred to as conjunctive participles.
In the Russian "ÐелÑÐ·Ñ Ð¿ÐµÑеÑодиÑÑ ÑлиÑÑ ÑиÑÐ°Ñ Ð³Ð°Ð·ÐµÑÑ." (One shouldn"t cross a street while reading a newspaper.), ÑиÑаÑ'' "while reading" is a .
Translations: 
  • Dutch: gerundium(nl)n
    • French: gérondif(fr)m
    • German: Gerundium(de)n
    • Italian: gerundio(it)m
    Etymology: From (term, gerundium), from Old (term, gerundum, , to be carried out), the gerundive of (term, gerere, , to bear, carry). In Latin, a verbal noun used for all cases of the infinitive but the nominative.


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