Gerunds - One Minute Grammar

Shantel / United Statesflaf

What chores do you like and dislike doing?

Hello. My name is Chantal, and I'm from California, and today's question is what chores do you like and dislike doing?

Well, when I have free time, I love doing chores. I don't know why, but I love vacuuming. I have so much fun vacuuming my apartment. I always turn on the music really loud and dance while I vacuum. However, I hate dusting and cleaning bathrooms. I hate dusting because it never ends, and there's always dust somewhere. Sometimes it's really hard to reach. I hate cleaning bathrooms because sink and shower drains are really gross. And I don't like to touch the drains. What about you? What chores do you like and dislike?

Gerunds and Infinitives - Grammar Notes

Point 1: We can use gerunds or infinitives to describe how things are used.
  1. I use my smart phone to check sport scores.
  2. I use my smart phone for checking sport scores.
  3. I use my camera to take pictures of birds.
  4. I use my camera for taking pictures of birds.
Point 2: We often use the infinitive after a verb and object to add information.
  1. I use my car just to get to work.
  2. I wear this hat to block the sun.
  3. I shop there to save money.
  4. I use social media to spy on people.
Point 3: Gerunds can be preceded by various prepositions, except the preposition to.
  1. I am thinking of having dinner soon.
  2. I learn best by doing things.
  3. I am excited about taking this course.
  4. I plan on having children soon.
Point 4: Some verbs (regret, spend, waste, enjoy, etc.) can only use the gerund.
  1. He wastes his time reading comics.
  2. She often spends her time helping others.
  3. We enjoy playing sports.
  4. We regret leaving early.
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