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Spanish Gerund is not like English Gerund?

In English, a gerund is made from a verb+ing and functions as a noun in a sentence. Like this: Running marathons is tiring. Here, "running" is the gerund.

In this sentence: He is running a marathon. "running" is not a gerund, it is part of the present progressive verb phrase "is running."

In the "GERUND" section in my Spanish tree, I see a bunch of present progressive sentences. "I am cooking a chicken." "She is having a baby." "Your children are running in my garden."

They could be rearranged into gerunds: Cooking a chicken is fun. Having a baby is exciting. Running in my garden is trespassing.

Can someone explain what I am missing about Spanish grammar in the gerund department?

Thanks!

3 years ago

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writchie4
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In English, we use the same word for both the present progressive and the noun form of a verb (the gerund).

  • I am running.
  • Running is fun.

In Spanish, the second case (using the verb as a noun) is represented not with a gerund, but with the infinitive instead.

  • Yo estoy corriendo.
  • Correr es divertido.

Take a look at this article (specifically the first yellow box) for a more detailed explanation of this concept, and why it's different in Spanish than in English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/malkin50

That's very helpful. I looked at the Gerund section from the same site you linked: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100043/spanish-gerund-form#.VbBdfcZViko

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
writchie4
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Yep, that's a good article too. (In fact, I should have linked to that one instead after reading the enumerated list at the end.) Glad you found the answer useful regardless. SpanishDict is one of my favorite reference sites, I love their content.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stefo93

Indeed. I always refer to SpanishDict to check if I've conjugated something properly.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stefo93

Thank you very much for this.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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You're welcome very much :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesVicke5

Also some seemingly useful information (confirm, or deny please).

http://users.ipfw.edu/jehle/COURSES/GERUND.HTM

6 months ago