verbs followed by -ing clauses


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.



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,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again!
"I consider Bob to be the best player on our soccer team."
Why don't we use "being" after consider?

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,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,


The LearnEnglish Team

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

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