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.
 

Exercise

Comments

Hi Peter
Thank you for your prompt response
please tell me the difference between the following:
1. I am looking forward to working with you
2. I am looking forward to be working with you
Thanks & regards

Hello AbdulMohsin,

'Look forward to' is followed by a gerund (ing-form) or a noun, not a verb, because the 'to' in the phrase is a preposition, not part of an infinitive. Therefore the first sentence is correct, the second is not.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Krik,
Context is I wrote an email to one of my client & want to say I am very excited to work with him.
Also Can to tell me when to use to be+ Gerund

Hello AbdulMohsin,

The correct form would be 'We are eagerly anticipating working with you'. You might also say (and this would be the most common way of saying this) 'We are looking forward to working with you'.

For information on the gerund (the -ing form used as a noun) please see this page. We make continuous verb forms with be + -ing, though this is not the gerund. You can find more information on continuous forms here.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello :)
is this sentence correct.
" We are eagerly anticipating to be working with you."

Hello AbdulMohsin,

That sounds correct, though I'd need the full context to be able to say so for sure.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Is it correct to say "I saw John took my pencil out of my bag" instead of" I saw him take my pencil (a complete action)or I saw him taking my pencil.(incomplete action)

Hello libeelee1314,

No, it is not. take is an infinitive (without to) in this construction (and taking indicates the continuous aspect), so a finite form such as took is not correct here.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

Thank you for help with our English learning.

Could you please let me know which of the following sentences is correct? The one with to or the one without to? and why?

1- I apply different methods to stimulate students' interest and keep them involved.
2- I apply different methods to stimulate students' interest and to keep them involved.

I would be also grateful if you could let me know which of the following sentences is correct.

1- It is important to apply technology to stimulate students and keeping them involved in their learning process.

2- It is important to apply technology to stimulate students and keep them involved in their learning process.

Thank you very much for your help.
We truly appreciate that.

Best

Sina

Hi Sina,

Both of the first two sentences are correct, though I'd say you're more likely to hear the first one than the second. Ellipsis (omitting words) has many different forms, but as is the case here, often the to in a to infinitive can be left out in cases such as this one where it is clear that it is meant.

In the second two sentences, only sentence 2 is correct. Just as you used an infinitive (to stimulate) to indicate purpose, you should also use to keep to indicate purpose, though, as in your previous set of sentences, the to before keep can be omitted through ellipsis (though it can also be written with to, as I explained above).

I hope this helps. If have any further questions, please don't hesistate to ask.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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