Level: beginner

We can use the -ing form of a verb:

I love swimming.
Swimming is very good for your health.
You can get fit by swimming regularly.

The main problem today is rising prices.
That programme was really boring.
He saw a woman lying on the floor.

-ing forms as nouns

-ing nouns are nearly always uncount nouns. They can be used:

  • as the subject of a verb:

Learning English is not easy.

  • as the object of a verb:

We enjoy learning English.

Common verbs followed by an -ing object are:

admit like hate start avoid
suggest enjoy dislike begin finish
  • as the object of a preposition :

Some people are not interested in learning English.

-ing form as a noun

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-ing forms as adjectives

The -ing adjective can come:

  • in front of a noun:

I read an interesting article in the newspaper today.
We saw a really exciting match on Sunday.

Your new book sounds very interesting.
The children can be really annoying.

  • after a noun:

Who is that man standing over there?
The boy talking to Angela is her younger brother

  • especially after verbs of the senses like see, watch, hear, smell, etc.:

I heard someone playing the piano.
I can smell something burning.

The commonest -ing adjectives are:

amusing
boring
disappointing
interesting
surprising
tiring
worrying
exciting
frightening
shocking
terrifying
annoying
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Patterns with -ing forms

Because an -ing noun or adjective is formed from a verb, it can have any of the patterns which follow a verb. For example:

  • it can have an object:

I like playing tennis.
I saw a dog chasing a cat.

  • it can be followed by a clause:

I heard someone saying that he saw you.

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Comments

Very nice exercise. But I was not able to answer No. - 5 exercise. I need its answer..
 

Hi Rony

When you click finish, the correct answers appear.

Does that work for you?

Thanks

Jack

The LearnEnglish Team

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Hello,
Cam some oneone help me. I am getting xml config loading error while loading excecise section.
 

Hello Srikanth,
We know about this problem that some users are having and are trying our best to solve it. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Adam
The LearnEnglish Team
 

It is really helpful. love it

This is very interesting. I like to do this exercises very much.

 it was nice to do this exercise
Thank you 

 anyone can help ,me i didnt understand the question ....
how to resolve ?
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