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Do we use the Gerund in German language? Or the Infinitive? Is the word used?
My last question, is there someone who can explain it to me? Tschüss!

  • The existing answers talked about the gerund. But you also asked about the infinitive. I think that German does have an infinitive (the form of the verb you see in the dictionary, and also the main verb in your sentence, e.g. I can see, Ich kann sehen) but I don't know what to call it in German. I'm not sure I understood what you want explained. – aparente001 May 1 '17 at 6:37
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The word Gerundium is used (e.g. to describe another languages), but German has none.

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German doesn't have a separate verb form that would work like the gerund in English or the gérondif in French to build a substantive.

You can, however, use a substantiated verb using the infinitive that sort of works like the English or French counterpart.

He sings while working

Il chante en travaillant

Er singt beim Arbeiten

  • Is "beim Arbeiten" considered formal? Since the sentence in English uses "while" I would rather try to translate it using während, although I don't know how to do so. Would something like "Er singt während er arbeitet" or "Er singt während Arbeitens" be correct? Thank you! – Hilder Vitor Lima Pereira Mar 10 '19 at 22:07

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