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

Hello again Kurin,

You can consider doing something, which means that you are thinking about it, or you can consider someone to be something, which means that you think they are this. For example:

I am considering quitting my job. [I am thinking about doing this]

I consider my boss to be an idiot. [I think he or she is an idiot]

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I see... Thank you, Peter!

is there a rule? For instance, only actions verb? Or only practice allows to know those verbs? (please correct my mistakes ;))

"Going to college nowadays in an important step"
Is this sencence correct? When can I use "ing" to start a a sentence?

Hello Gladi,

Yes, that is a correct sentence. The -ing form here is a gerund - a noun made from a verb - rather than a present participle. Gerunds can be used as subjects or objects, just like other nouns.

For more information see this page.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir., what is the difference between gerund and infinitive...

Dear sir., what is the difference between gerund and infinitive...

Hello kartik,

The infinitive is the grammatical name for the base form of the verb, such as 'be', 'go', 'look' and 'do'.

The gerund is a noun formed from a verb. Gerunds end in -ing, such as 'being', 'going', 'looking' and 'doing'. Note that the gerund is a kind of noun; there are other forms which end in -ing which are not gerunds.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

Something that's been bothering me for awhile:

"He had been looking out the window, watching the people pass by..."
"He had been looking out the window, watching the people passing by..."

Honestly, I can't find which, of the two choices, sounds more correct in whatever possible cases.

Hello Ostraciz,

Both are correct. The first ('pass by') means he watched the people pass by from start to finish - the completed action. The second ('passing by') means he saw them in the middle of the action but not necessarily the start or end. Compare:

I saw her read the book. [I watched the whole thing]

I saw her reading the book. [I saw her doing this, but not from start to finish]

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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