Gerund (French le gérondif) is the verbal form ending by "ant" and preceded by the preposition "en". Its equivalent in English is the structure "while + verb + ing". The gerund is usually used to express the simultaneity, the cause of the action and it is used too in the conditional sentences.
In this case the gerund can be replaced with the sentence started with the preposition "pendant que" (while..)
The action expressed by the gerund is performed by the same subject as the conjugated verb.
The gerund in French is formed by the present participle preceded by the preposition "en":
|parlant||en parlant (speaking)|
|mangeant||en mangeant (eating)|
|écrivant||en écrivant (writing)|
|se dépêchant||en se dépêchant (hurrying up)|
Pronominal verbs keep their reflexive form when forming the gerund (se dépêchant = en se dépêchant)
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