Gerunds Worksheet for Classes 8 and 9 CBSE

A verb used after a preposition has to be in its -ing form. Ing forms can be gerunds or present participles.

Present participles are used with be (is, am, are, was and were) to form continuous tense forms.

  • She is singing.
  • I am writing.
  • They are waiting.

Present participles can also be used as adjectives. In this case, they go before the nouns modified by them.

  • A rolling stone gathers no moss. (Here the present participle rolling acts as an adjective modifying the noun stone.)
  • Barking dogs seldom bite.

Gerunds serve the same purpose as nouns. They are often used as the object of prepositions.

  • I am thinking of visiting Kashmir. (Here the gerund visiting is the object of the preposition of.)

Fill in the blanks with an appropriate preposition and a gerund.

1. The man pleaded guilty ………………… the constable. (attack)

2. She insisted …………………….. paid at once. (get)

3. The doctor warned him ………………….. drugs. (take)

4. You are always complaining ………………….. too much work to do. (have)

5. Would you object …………… my …………… the window? (open)

6. Bad weather prevented us ………………….. the journey. (resume)

7. Our energy needs can be met ………………. the power of the sun wherever possible. (harness)

8. The real danger lies ……………….. technology indiscriminately without thinking about the consequences. (use)

9. I am confident …………………… the first prize. (win)

10. We were prevented ………………… the palace. (enter)

Answers

1. The man pleaded guilty of attacking the constable.

2. She insisted on getting paid at once.

3. The doctor warned him against taking drugs.

4. You are always complaining about having too much work to do.

5. Would you object to my opening the window?

6. Bad weather prevented us from resuming the journey.

7. Our energy needs can be met by harnessing the power of the sun wherever possible.

8. The real danger lies in using technology indiscriminately without thinking about the consequences.

9. I am confident of winning the first prize.

10. We were prevented from entering the palace.

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