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What is the gerund phrase and noun function of the gerund in these sentences:

1.Brett earns his income by repairing cars.
2.I enjoy playing the piano.
3.Her favorite pastime is entertaining friends.
4.She is successful in mimicking others' voices.
5.He must like studying calculus.
6.Water skiing, sailing, and swimming are my favorite summer sports.
7.Writing a research paper sounds difficult.

1.Gerund phrase: repairing cars
noun function: object of preposition
2.Gerund phrase: playing the piano
noun function: direct object
3.Gerund phrase: entertaining friends
noun function: predicate noun
4.Gerund phrase:mimicking others' voices
noun function: object of the preposition
5.Gerund phrase: studying calculus
noun function: predicate noun
6.Gerund phrase: Water skiing, sailing, and
noun function: direct object
7.Gerund phrase: writing a research paper
noun function: subject

Did I do these right if not help please I've read the lesson over and over but I'm still having a hard time I've seen the site you put up for this but it doesn't help with the noun functions.

-Thanks

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  1. 5, 6, Wrong noun function

    Everything else is right.

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  2. So
    5. Subject?
    6.Predicate noun?

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  3. 5. No. It's the direct object of the verb "like."

    6. No. Subjects of verb "are."

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  4. thank you!!!!

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  5. You're welcome. :-)

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