Ask a question

How is the underlined gerund used in the sentence? Try walking if you want to get some exercise.

predicate nominative


object of a preposition

direct object

2 Answers by Expert Tutors

Tutors, sign in to answer this question.
Leigh E. |
Actually, the answer would be D: Direct Object. A direct object denotes a person, place, or thing. Walking is denoting you and exercise. 
Vivian L. | Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay composition, math; I LOVE TO TEACHMicrosoft Word/Excel/Outlook, essay comp...
3.0 3.0 (1 lesson ratings) (1)
Hi again Paula;
There is nothing underlined.  Because a gerund must end in -ing, I assume the word at issue is walking.
This must be...
B. subject
By definition, a gerund is a verb acting as a noun.  The word walking is typically a verb.  However, in this sentence, it is the subject of the sentence.
As to the other answers...
A.  predicate nominative
There is no linking verb such as be, am, are, is, was, etc.  Henceforth, there is no predicate nominative.
C.  object of a preposition
There is no preposition such as of, in, on, for, etc.
D.  direct object
Walking is not the recipient of any action in this sentence.