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


Verb + -ing form 2


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


Verb + noun + -ing form 2


Infinitive or -ing form?


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.


Hello ali shah,

Yes, 'who are fleeing' is grammatically correct. In fact, 'fleeing' is a kind of abbreviated form of 'who are fleeing'. This is called a reduced relative clause -- see our defining relative clauses page (near the end) for more examples.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir;

"The advantages of living abroad"
living abroad is not easy.

In the above sentence, living is a noun (verb+ing) and abroad is an adverb.

How does the adverb come after a noun ?.

Hi pumbi,

I have already answered this question on another page. Please post questions once only. It may take us a day or even two to provide an answer but the process is only slowed by multiple postings.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. i wanna ask something about this course. i'm still confused and hesitate to use which verb i will use.
according to your course i above, there are some verbs following by "verb-ing"
and how about the other verbs? as we know there are some many verbs.
please help me to fade my hesitation.

Hello RyanApriadilAdha,

I'm afraid it's not possible for us to list all of the possible forms which can follow all verbs in the comments section! Some verbs take an object (transitive verbs) while others do not (intransitive verbs) and may be followed by nothing. Verbs can be followed by many forms but some of the most common can be seen in the links on the right:

verbs followed by to + infinitive

verbs followed by -ing clauses

verbs followed by that clause

You might also find this page on verb patterns helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

They always enjoyed visiting their friends.

They always enjoyed to visit their friends.

is there any difference between two sentences?

After "enjoy" we don not use the infinitive(To form of verb),It takes '-ing' from of verb.The first sentence is correct.

Hello pyramid,

The first one is correct and the second one is not in standard English. This is because 'enjoy' takes a verb in the -ing form after it. Note that 'enjoy' is not in the list on our verbs followed by to + infinitives page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi all, I would like you to compare these sentences- 1 I wouldn't mind your staying here VS would you mind my staying here?. 2 Greg, i know she loves another man, so, it's no use your suffering for her VS Greg, I know she loves another man , so it's no use suffering for her. The course is lost already,so, there is no point in your trying to catch up with the class VS the course is lost already, so, there is no point in trying to catch up with the class .
My query is about possesive determiner+ gerund. e.g. let her go, IT'S NO GOOD CLINGING to something imppssible.now,more especific -let her go, IT'S NO GOOD YOUR CLINGING to something impossible. Can I always use a possesive determiner before an ing verb in a fixed phrase without changing the meaning of the sentence ? Thanks a lot !

Hi all. After verbs of MOVEMENT such as walk,run,go, crawl , we can use an ing verb, right? e.g she walked looking at me, he ran fearing for his life, the baby crawled laughing with me. If these sentences are correct, can we say - he ran OUT OF THE HOUSE fearing for his life, the baby crawled ON THE FLOOR laughing with me, she walked OUT OF THE ROOM looking at me . Is it OK to I place this words to complement my idea,or the ing verb has to necessarily be place after the movement verb at all times? Thanks a lot !!