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.




May I know whether the ing clause following a verb is an object or an adverbial? How can one know the role of an ing in a sentence?

Hi grammar2015,

On this page you can see the different roles of the -ing form. As you can see there, the -ing form can be used as either a verb or an adverbial. There is no instant rule to tell which is which; you need to look at the sentence and the particular verb which is used.

The -ing form has many uses, including participle clauses, reduced relative clauses and so on.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Is it correct to say "We are collecting glass bottles to take them for recycling"

Hey guys I have doubts in people are studying in the class. Why sometimes we omit the are!!
(People studying in the class) can someone clarify this
2. I saw him walking across the road vs I saw him walk across the road
I need the answers ASAP

Hello Ianmackinom,

There two different forms here:

The form 'people are studying' is an example of a present continuous verb form, used to describe an action taking place at the time of speaking. You can find more information here.

In the form 'people studying', the -ing form modifies the noun like an adjective; it is an example of a simplified relative clause. You can find more information here.

In your other sentences, the difference is whether you see the action in progress ('walking') or see the whole completed action from start to finish ('walk').

I hope that answers your questions. Please in future post questions once only. This question was posted five times, which simply means we have to delete the extra posts and it takes us longer to answer as a result.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,



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,



The LearnEnglish Team

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