# What is the object of a gerund?

Apr 25, 2016

If by "object of a gerund" you mean "purpose of a gerund", then a gerund is a way of converting a verb into a noun (by adding the ...ing suffix).

#### Explanation:

If you meant "object" in the sense of a grammatical construct then the expression "object of a gerund" doesn't have any meaning. "Objects" are (grammatically) nouns and "gerunds" are nouns.
"Gerunds" can be (grammatical) "objects" (or "subjects") but they don't have "objects".

Examples of gerunds:
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}}$Climbing the hill required a lot of effort.
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXXXXX}}$(used as a subject)
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}}$The boy enjoys playing.
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXXXXX}}$(used as an object)

"Gerunds" could be "objects" of prepositions:
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}}$...the disadvantage of overeating..
(but this doesn't seem to be what was being asked.