- a noun formed by inflection of a verb and partly sharing its constructions, such as smoking in smoking is forbidden. See -ing1.
The present participle form of the verb used as a noun. It is also called a ‘gerund.’ For example:Smoking is not permitted. I don’t like eating a lot late at night. Although the verbal noun is used as a noun, it also behaves like a verb. The second example can be analyzed like this:
|I||don't like||eating||a lot||late at night.|