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 dear Friend , please help me select the correct answer :
.......... moving to a northern climate, be sure to properly winterize your automobile.
A. Gives
B. Given
C. Giving
D. Is giving
It's really confused ! thank you so much !

Hello louder,

I suspect that the correct answer is B - 'Given'.  However, it is hardly a natural sentence in English.  We would normally say 'Given that you are moving...'.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank all of you ! these is really useful !

this one is extremely complicated ! please somebody helps me !

Hi louder,

I would say that none of the answers are really correct in standard modern English, but, like Peter, would choose B if I had to choose one of those answers. I'm not sure how else we can help you - please let us know if there's something else (specific) that we can do.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

THank YOU so much !
best wishes for you too !

Hi Peter,

May be I didn't explain my last question quite good. I'm not looking for that three lists of verbs. My doubt only has to do with which verb followed by '-ing' clauses change the pattern when they go after 'WOULD' and which not. For example, 'LOVE' and 'HATE' change, but 'AVOID' doesn't do it, as follows:

'I WOULD hate TO DO that'
'I WOULD avoid DOING that'

Even though 'HATE' and 'AVOID' are BOTH verbs followed by "-ing" clauses.

I hope I won't be too tedious with all this. So, thank you in advance.

Best wishes.

Hi Costa da Morte GZ,

I'm afraid I don't know of any such list.  Remember that many verbs can be followed by both forms, such as 'hate', which can be followed by both to infinitive and the -ing form:

I hate telling you this / I hate to tell you this

I would hate working there / I would hate to work there

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear teachers,
I've read your topic and many others regarding the same, but I still have a doubt. When certain verbs (e.g., 'love', 'hate' or 'like') are in conditional tense (after 'would'), they must be followed by infinitive form. For example:

'I would like TO COME'
'I would hate TO DO that'

So, my question is if ALL verbs that usually are followed by '-ing' forms, must be followed by infinitive when they are in conditional tense with 'would' as well.

Kind regards.

Hi Costa da Morte GZ,

No, not all verbs follow that pattern. For example, the verb avoid is normally followed by -ing. I would avoid to go to that place is not correct; the correct form is I would avoid going to that place.

It might help to think of would like as a softer way of saying want - in this sense, it is not a conditional expression but rather a polite form.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team