Verbal phrases include:
All about gerunds
- A gerund always ends in ing.
- A gerund can be a subject, object, subjective complement, or an appositive.
- A gerund is never set off with commas (unless it's an appositive).
- As a test, a gerund phrase can be replaced with the word "something."
John enjoys playing guitar.
Test sentence: John enjoys something.
Being nice is John's trademark.
Test sentence: Something is John's trademark.Gerunds and possession
A gerund is a noun so possession is shown the same way with a gerund as with any noun. You can test the sentence by substituting any noun in place of the gerund.
Everyone thought the puppy's running was adorable.
Test sentence: Everyone thought the puppy's face was adorable