English grammar - using gerunds as subject and object

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In English, we often want to use a verb as the subject or the object of a sentence, such as 'Running marathons is my hobby' or 'I love running marathons'. In these examples running marathons looks like a verb but in both cases it is a gerund that becomes the subject or the object. How do we make gerunds into subjects and objects?  This complete 1.5 hour online interactive English course will show you. You can increase your English grammar ability, your English comprehension AND your vocabulary and pronunciation. You can learn more English, faster, anytime you want, anywhere you want.

The grammar point is presented in the context of a reading and listening comprehension text where you can turn on and off the reading or listening. There is also high-lighted vocabulary to help you understand the text faster. You can test you reading and listening skills in the interactive comprehension test. You can learn more about the grammar point in the interactive grammar lesson and learn the meaning and form and practice pronunciation in the vocabulary lesson. There are also interactive online language learning games for this lesson. 

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Course content

  • Welcome survey

  • Reading and listening lesson - Preparing for a marathon

  • Reading and listening test

  • Grammar lesson - how to use gerunds as subject and objects

  • Grammar test

  • Just the vocabulary lesson

  • Vocabulary test

  • Language learning games

  • End of course feedback survey

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