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What is a gerund and what is a verbal noun?
A verbal noun is a noun that is derived from a verb and usually preserves the verb's syntactic features, such as transitivity or the capability of taking nominal or verbal complements. A gerund is another name for a verbal noun. A gerund/verbal noun has the same form as the present participle of a verb ("talk" becomes "talking") and the same function as nouns. The word gerund is actually the Latin word for verbal noun. It is from gerundium, from gerere 'to carry on'. Examples of gerunds are: administering the medicine, criticizing the book, presenting the proposal. A nominal is a word or group of words functioning as a noun.