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.
 

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Wonderful, i need  more practise

thanks mr Jovazmi. we all get benefit actually from your explanation 

Is there any difference between "I like to eat in restaurants", and "I like eating in restaurants"?
 
Thank you, this is an excellent site.

 Hi Jovazmi

There is a really slight difference. Most of the time, when people use either of these two patterns: Like + verb-ing or Like + infinitive

The meaning is the same. However, there is a little difference, a subtle difference. Consider the two sentences.

  • I like pizza.
  • I like watching action films.

In both of these sentences, the verb like simply expresses my feeling about pizza and watching action films - they both make me happy!

These two are slightly different:

  • I like to get up early and go to the gym before work.
  • I like staying in bed till 10 on a Saturday.

In the first sentence, the verb like expresses more than my feeling. Getting up early does not make me happy. I think it's a good idea and so I like to do it. Staying in bed does make me happy. I don't think it's a very good idea but I like doing it anyway.

If this isn't clear or you would like some more examples, please let me know.

Jack

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, very helpful explanation. I understand perfectly, it's clear.

this is wonderful
I am more confident then ever

I need more exercises

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