English Grammar Overview - Parts of Speech - Infinitive & Gerund


And now we'll have a look at both the infinitive and the gerund. Infinitive is the word "to", followed by the base form of the verb. We"ll typically use it after a verb, specifically verbs like "want" or "hope". We can make statements like "I want to go to the beach." We also have our gerund. Our gerund is a verb followed by "-ing", but specifically used as a noun within the sentence. We have a verb plus a gerund: "I enjoy playing poker." The main verb is "enjoy" and, although "playing" looks as if it's a verb, it's actually used as the noun within the sentence. We also can use it with a preposition followed by a gerund: "How about going to the beach?" We could also put it in the front of a sentence: "Smoking is bad for you." Again, the verb plus "-ing" can act as two things within the sentence. We've got the gerund, otherwise the noun in the sentence, "Smoking is bad for you." You've also got the verb plus "-ing" in the present participle form when in its main verb of the sentence. An example there of would be "I'm not smoking."

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This was a short unit explaining about teaching productive skills (speaking and writing ). The unit is short and it fucuses mostly on giving advice and how to teach a typical ESA lesson. It was interesting as it provided a lot of useful ideas, the video was helpful too, the white board difficult to read at times. I would have loved more exaples of Study activities. Thank you.I learned that body language can communicate many different things in a classroom. Whether you're trying to get the classroom's attention, establish rapport with the students, or enforcing discipline, the student's can read the teacher's body language. There are many ways to prevent problem behaviors as well, which involves establishing and maintaining respect for the teacher.

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