Level: beginner

Common verbs followed by the -ing form are:

  • verbs of liking and disliking:

detest dislike enjoy fancy hate like love

I love swimming but I hate jogging.
They always enjoyed visiting their friends.

  • phrases with mind:

wouldn't mind (= would like)
don't mind (= I am willing to)
would you mind (= will you please …?)

I wouldn't mind having some fish and chips.
I don't mind waiting for a few minutes.
Would you mind holding this for me?

  • verbs of saying and thinking:

admit consider deny imagine remember suggest

Our leader suggested waiting until the storm was over.
Everyone denied seeing the accident.

  • others:

avoid begin finish keep miss practise risk start stop

I haven't finished writing this letter.
Let's practise speaking English.

Verb + -ing form 1

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Verb + -ing form 2

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verb + noun + -ing form

Some verbs are followed by a noun and the -ing form:

  • verbs of the senses
see hear listen to smell watch etc.

We saw everybody running away.
I could hear someone singing.

  • others:
catch find imagine leave prevent stop

I caught someone trying to break in to my house.
We couldn’t prevent them getting away.

Verb + noun + -ing form 1

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Verb + noun + -ing form 2

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Infinitive or -ing form?

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Many of the verbs above are sometimes followed by a passive form of -ing (being + past participle):

I don't like being interrupted.
Our dog loves being stroked under the chin.

Comments

Thank you for the answer. It's now clear to me how to use offer.
Am I right to understand that we can use "invite" (the example was in the dictionary.cambridge.org ) if they want me to come to their house and have dinner with them, while we don't use 'invite' if they want me to have dinner with them in a cafe? and here we should say: "They suggested having dinner together" or "They wanted to treat me to dinner on Sunday"?
Can we use it (They invited me to have dinner with them) if they are already having dinner in a cafe and want me to join them?

Hello Goncharush,

Am I right to understand that we can use "invite" (the example was in the dictionary.cambridge.org ) if they want me to come to their house and have dinner with them

Yes, that is correct

 

while we don't use 'invite' if they want me to have dinner with them in a cafe?

No. It's fine to invite someone to a cafe or restaurant, just as it's fine to invite them to your house. However, if the place is not your house then you would say where; if you only say 'to dinner' then the other person will understand that you are inviting them to your house.

 

and here we should say: "They suggested having dinner together" or "They wanted to treat me to dinner on Sunday"?

Those phrases are both fine, but you could use 'invite'.

 

Can we use it (They invited me to have dinner with them) if they are already having dinner in a cafe and want me to join them?

The context would make it clear what you mean in this case, so it would be clear. I think 'They invited me to join them' would be a more common way to say it, however.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Learn English team,
Is the second sentence correct?
1. She can't afford to buy expensive clothes.
2. She can't afford buying expensive clothes.
And if it is, is there any difference in the meaning of the sentences?

Hi Goncharush,

No, I'm afraid the second sentence is not correct. 'afford' is typically followed either by a noun phrase or a to + infinitive (not an -ing form). If you follow the link, you can see several examples of each.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
Could you help me, please? Is it somehow possible to use a gerund after "try" in the following sentence: I would never try...
Is it OK to say "I would never try jumping out of a helicopter" instead of "I would never try to jump out of a helicopter"? Thanks a lot for your help. I need your help badly.

Hello Yuriy,

'try' can be followed by both a 'to' infinitive and a gerund, but there is a difference in meaning. 'try to do something' means 'make an effort to do something', whereas 'try doing something' means 'do something and see what happens'. So in your case, 'try jumping' would be the correct choice.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

Does "Weren't houses small in those days." mean I know houses were small before and I am trying to emphasize that fact?

Thank you.

Hi learning,

I'd need to know the context to say for sure. If the context were appropriate and the sentence ended with a question mark, then it could be that you're surprised and are checking to see that you've understood. This would make sense, for example, if someone else said that houses were bigger at that time, whereas you had understood they were smaller.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Kirk,

Here's the complete sentence: Weren't houses small in those days. Imagine living in one of those!

It's one of the practice questions.

Hi learning,

OK, thanks. Here the speaker/writer seems to have just learnt how small houses used to be and is making a kind of exclamative statement that expresses their surprise or their wonder at how different things used to be.

By the way, you can learn more about the word order of this statement in the Exclamative clauses section on this Cambridge Dictionary page.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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