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.




Hi kirk,

I'd like to ask you another question about Sina's sentences. If we say "It is important applying technology to stimulate students...", would be correct?

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards,


Hi Raf,

No, that does not sound correct to me.  We would say either

It is important to apply technology to stimulate students


Applying technology to stimulate students is important

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

thnks all of you

Avoiding mistakes is the best way to succeed in English...
To think another solution could reveal a good choice...
The rules are the same even though we are using -ing and infinitive phrases as a subject?
Thank you very much to you and Neil on FB.
Sergio (xxxxxxx on FB)

Hi Sergio,

Could you provide the context for the second sentence? I think it might mean something different - "to think" at the beginning of a sentence can be used to express wonder or surprise. If you provide the previous couple sentences, we should be able to help you make sense of that.

By the way, I edited out your Facebook account name - our House Rules prohibit the sharing of personal information in order to protect minors.

Best wishes and thanks for your contribution!

The LearnEnglish Team

I wrote the two sentences as an example - there is no context!
The problem is that in Italian often you must start a clause with the infinitive - and the nuances of the gerund are different than in English (consider I didn't study English at school...).
As Neil suggested, I downloaded the diagram he posted on FB. And time by time I'll dig in this wonderful website.
Thank you, Kirk.
P.S. Really amusing that you protected me... You know, I'm only... 58!!! Ciao.

Hi Sergio,

I don't know Italian, but I know that in many romance languages, the infinitive form of a verb is used when the verb is acting as a noun in a sentence.

English is different - the -ing form of a verb is the form that is used when a verb acts as a noun. "Avoiding mistakes" and "Thinking of another solution" are the subjects (noun phrases) of the two sentences that you proposed.

Thanks for your sense of humour about being protected!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sergio,

I have a puzzle in the mind with the issue concerned here;
May I write “Avoiding of mistakes” instead of “Avoiding Mistakes?” For instance,
1.Avoiding mistakes is …
2.Avoiding of mistakes is …

Could you please elaborate this issue with a few examples?
Good Luck!

Hi BimalBAR,

"avoiding of mistakes" is not standard English, but "avoiding mistakes" is correct. You could perhaps say "avoidance of mistakes", but "avoiding mistakes" sounds more natural to me.

If you want to see examples, I'd suggest doing an internet search using inverted commas - "avoidance of" (for example) - and you can see websites where that phrase is used.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much, Kirk.
I'll treasure what you said.
See you soon.