What is a gerund phrase?

What is a gerund phrase?
gerund phrases: A gerund is a verb form which functions as a noun and ends in -ing (e.g. asking in do you mind my asking you?).

A gerund phrase will begin with a gerund, an ing word, and might include other modifiers and/or objects. Gerund phrases always function as nouns, so they will be subjects, subject complements, or objects in the sentence, e.g.:

Eating ice cream on a rollercoaster can be a messy experience.

Eating ice cream on a rollercoaster = subject of the verb can be.

Smoking is hazardous to your health.

Smoking = subject of the verb is.

Being a soldier requires being very fit

Being a soldier= subject of the verb requires.

being very fit = direct object of the verb require.
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