1

"He likes sleeping."

This is a simple present tense but my question is sleeping act as a object in it ?If not then why verb is with ing (I know it is gerund).

Because as far as I know sleep is a verb.

And simple present tense structure is like Sub + verb (s or es) +object.

Sorry,If I used bad english.(I am beginner).

3

You answered your own question!

gerund: a word ending in "-ing" that is made from a verb and used like a noun

So, here take the verb 'sleep'. Add -ing', it becomes 'sleeping' which is a gerund used like a noun.

What does he like? ~ sleeping (noun)

Such gerunds are used when we are talking about the action as a habit/choice/hobby etc. If we use a normal tense verb, it may mean a single time event (as in he likes to sleep (when he's traveling by train)).

But if we say, he likes sleeping, we are mostly talking about his habit/preference.

  • 1
    You know what you are awesome :) Thanks a lot Maulik :-) – squiroid Mar 16 '15 at 9:39
  • 1
    I think looking forward to + gerund is quite the same case. – András Hummer Mar 16 '15 at 11:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.