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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Comments

 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

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