Gerunds make bad sentences

Today is our first day of workshop. One problem I saw repeatedly in the short assignments unit is an overuse of gerunds.

Gerunds are verbs that can act like nouns because we added “-ing.” For example

  • finish — finishing
  • do — doing
  • swim — swimming

The problem is this: when a sentence starts off using gerunds, young writers often forget to make it into an actual sentence:

  • A dense forest growing darker while footsteps charge through, whisperings of voices hear around, roots sprung from their trees to trip him, sirens whaling in the distance.
  • “Okay officer,” handing him his stuff.



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