Common mistakes in the use of gerunds
October 15th, 2011 in Common Mistakes
Incorrect: They insisted on me resigning the post.
Correct: They insisted on my resigning the post.
Incorrect: They objected to John playing for the team.
Correct: They objected to John’s playing for the team.
A noun or pronoun used with a gerund should be in the possessive case.
Incorrect: There is no danger of the roof’s crashing.
Correct: There is no danger of the roof crashing.
The possessive case should not be used with the gerund when the noun denotes a lifeless thing.
Incorrect: I am thinking to write my autobiography.
Correct: I am thinking of writing my autobiography.
Incorrect: The clever girl was confident to win the gold medal.
Correct: The clever girl was confident of winning the gold medal.
Incorrect: I am hopeful to secure a loan to build my house.
Correct: I am hopeful of securing a loan to build my house.
After certain verbs and adjectives a preposition + gerund is used instead of an adjective.
Incorrect: To die with honor is better than live with dishonor.
Correct: To die with honor is better than to live with dishonor.
Incorrect: To attack is better than wait indefinitely.
Correct: To attack is better than to wait indefinitely.
In structures like this, the infinitive should be used in both clauses.