Podcast: Usando a forma -ING como substantivo

By Ana | Podcast Inglês Online

Oct 02
Inglês - Podcast Usando a forma -ING como substantivo

Hello, all. No episódio de hoje, temos mais do -ING (doING, eatING, etc) aplicado de uma maneira que eu quase nunca ouço alunos usarem. Vamos falar dele, o gerúndio do inglês, numa forma que não tem nada a ver com o que fazemos em português: com a função de substantivo.

VEJA ISSO! Aqui no site você encontra várias dicas sobre -ING em geral e sobre seu uso como sujeito ou substantivo tmbém. Recomendo dar uma olhada nessa, nessa aqui e também nessa.

Encontre no texto todos os exemplos de gerúndio (e expressões começando com gerúndio) que fazem a função de substantivo.


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So… Are you guys ready? Today’s topic is a favorite of mine to write or talk about because I know that not many English students have incorporated these words into their speech yet, or into their writing even.

What am I talking about? I’m talking about words like writing, eating, seeing, working and so on. Verbs in the -ING form… Which to us is simply “escrevendo, comendo, vendo, trabalhando.” So what’s the big deal? “I am writing” means “Eu estou escrevendo”; “Eu estou comendo” means “I am eating.” So what?

Well, at the beginning of this post I suggested you read three of my past tips that talk about the -ING form being used as a noun. Now, notice that I’m not saying “name.” What I mean is a “noun.” A noun is a word for a place, a person or a thing. And what would that thing be? An activity. A task. An occupation. Anything that describes the act of doing something.

Let’s take writing, for example. The activity of writing, or the action of writing. Now really listen to these examples:

  1. Jack and I produced this report together. He did the writing; I did the editing.
  2. My boss asked me how long it took us to do the report. Editing it was fast; now, writing it took a while.
  3. I also told my boss that Jack was planning to do the entire thing on his own, till I offered to help. Jack asked me “Are you OK with writing it?”
  4. Writing the report was definitely the hardest part.

Now, in the first example I said “He did the writing.” How would we even say that in Brazil? I guess we could simply say “Ele escreveu.” If we wanted to be more literal in our translation, we could say “Ele fez a escrita.” So Jack did the writing. That task, writing, was completed by Jack. And there was another task involved: editing. The text needed to be edited. Jack did the writing and I did the editing. Editing was fast; writing it took a bit longer. Listen to this one again: editing was fast but writing it took a bit longer.

Now think about how we say that kind of thing in Portuguese. “Editar foi rápido mas escrever demorou.” We frequently use the infinitive – editar, escrever – to describe an activity, to give it a name. In English, most of the time, we go with the -ING form. Editing was fast. Now, writing it took a while. I did the editing, the task of editing the report; and Jack did the writing. The task of writing the report was done by Jack.

My friends and I prepared the beach house for the weekend together. I did the washing, Mary did the cleaning and Jenny did the grocery shopping. It took me two hours to complete the washing. Washing the dishes was a bit boring but I did some listening while I washed. The cleaning got done in less than an hour. Cleaning the house was fast and simple. Jenny did the shopping. Shopping was fun. Shopping took a few hours, though… Jenny got stuck in traffic on her way back.

Are you ready to leave a few examples? I’d love to see them. Talk to you next time!



  • the editing, the writing
  • doing it was easy / difficult
Andre Almeida 09/10/2014

Hi Ana, I love your podcast! Here my expample, I’m wriring for the Teacher and listening the podcast while i’m playing online games. Thank you!

Beatriz 08/10/2014


Não consegui compreender a seguinte frase: “Washing the dishes was a bit boring but I did some listening while I washed”.

– Lavar os pratos foi chato mas ….

Jonata fontela 05/10/2014

Hi Ana, this topic is very cool! my example: I’m going to vote right now but I think voting is really boring also standing in line is tiring, anyway,I can’t wait to go back home :D

Jivago 03/10/2014

Hi Ana,

I believe you have a typo in “The cleaning got done in less then an hour.”. Should be “than” instead of “then”. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Ana 03/10/2014

    Thank you – fixed :)

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