Verbal Nouns for intermediate learners

Sometimes we can change a verb and make it into a noun. One of the most common ways of doing this is adding the suffix -ing. Let's see what verbal nouns are!

"Verbal Nouns" in English Grammar

What Are Verbal Nouns?

A verbal noun is a noun that is derived from a verb, but does not function as a verb. Verbal nouns can be pluralized, and they can be used after determiners and adjectives.

Verbal nouns can have plural forms. They can also come after determiners and adjectives.


Verbal nouns are often formed by adding a suffix , commonly -ing, to the base form of a verb.

verb verbal nouns
Cook cooking
Repeat repetition
Refuse refusal
Decide decision
Sail sailing


A verbal noun that is formed by adding '-ing' to a verb is also called a gerund.

How to Use Verbal Nouns

Like other nouns, verbal nouns can serve a variety of grammatical functions. Here are a few common functions of verbal nouns:

Cooking is fun. (Subject)

I love cooking. (Object)

Please accept my compliments on cooking. (Object of preposition)

One of my hobbies is cooking. (Subject complement)


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