The gerund is the “-ing” form of a verb when used as a noun.
You find this form a lot in topic titles and page headings for how-to directions (s.a. “Making your point” or “Filling in the form”).
I reject the use of “ing” phrases as a title or heading: It’s kind of abstract, stuffy, and distances you from the action.
The change in approach also a bit of a trend these days. We are urged to use the active voice and present tense for the call to action. Some writers have actively lobbied for the “Death of the gerund in technical documentation”
We’re trying an experiment with short-form verbs in headings. Instead of gerunds, we’re using just the verb stems. So, instead of “adding a widget” we’re saying “add a widget”. This looks like an imperative, but it’s not meant as such. It’s just a short form…
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