Common verbs followed by –ing nouns are:

Verbs of liking and disliking:

  • detest
  • dislike
  • enjoy
  • hate
  • fancy
  • like
  • love

I love swimming but I hate jogging.
They always enjoyed visiting their friends.
A: Do you fancy going for a walk?
B: I wouldn’t mind

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

Other common verbs are:

  • avoid
  • begin
  • finish
  • keep
  • miss
  • practise
  • risk
  • start
  • stop

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

Passive form of -ing

Many of these verbs are sometimes followed by the passive form of -ing: being + past participle

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

Noun + -ing clause

Some verbs are followed by a noun and an -ing clause:

Verbs to do with the senses:

  • see
  • watch
  • hear
  • smell
  • listen to
  • etc.

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

Other common verbs:

  • catch
  • find
  • imagine
  • leave
  • prevent
  • stop

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

Exercise

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Comments

Hello
Which sentence is right? and why?
Because I want to continue my study in your language school.
or
Because I want to continue my studying in your language school.

Hello Salem249,

'Continue' can be followed by several forms, including nouns, gerunds and infinitives. Therefore there are several options. The most natural ways to say this sentence would be:

Because I want to continue my studies in your language school.

Because I want to continue studying in your language school.

Because I want to continue to study in your language school.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Let me know whether I am correct or wrong. I like riding my bike.
This means I
Aint got no friends. I like be alone. This means im a loser.
Am I correct?
Regards
The real Rasmus Wiborg :)))

PS. love your webpage

Dear Sir
Let me know whether I am correct or wrong. I like travelling.

This means I
have already started travelling. I like to travel. This means a wish or intention.
Am I correct?
Regards
Andrew

Hello Andrew,

Both of these are expressions of preference, but neither tells us whether or not you are travelling at the moment. We use 'ing' after like with the meaning of 'enjoy' - the act of travelling gives me pleasure. We use 'to verb' after like to describe our preferred way of spending time - in other words, to say that this is something that we choose to spend time on.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Thank you very much for your reply explaning 'ing' and to verb. This is something that I had the difficulty to understand. To make sure that I have understood this I am writing an example let me know If I am correct. Eg. I am a tour guide and I am telling my friend- I like my job very much because I like travelling.
Is 'I like travelling.' correct according to the context.
Thank you.
Andrew

can we say "i tried to study but i kept spacing out" (spacing out as being distracted)
does spacing out really means distracted if not can you give me the right thing to say
also can we put ing after kept?

Hello ennie123,

It is fine to use -ing after 'keep', but we don't use the phrase in this way. It can be used as an adjective - spaced-out - when someone is constantly daydreaming and unable to concentrate.

The simplest way to complete the sentence would be 'getting distracted' or 'losing concentration'.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello people. I did read the comment and I was wondering about the case we use to apply the condition of never more as: stopped working and stopped to work at 5. (Ex)
I didn't find, in the explanation behind, the case i just spotted.

Hi Annaluvillela,
Is your doubt about the use of -ing form and infinitive form with stop?
In that case, we use -ing form after stop whne an action is terminated and is no longer done after that, for example:
I stopped working after a car accident.
We use infinitive form after stop when an action is terminated in order to do something else:
I was having lunch but I stopped to work on my project.

Hope this could help you.
Best wishes.
Enrique.

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