Level: beginner

Common verbs followed by the -ing form are:

  • verbs of liking and disliking:

detest dislike enjoy fancy hate like love

I love swimming but I hate jogging.
They always enjoyed visiting their friends.

  • 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 leader suggested waiting until the storm was over.
Everyone denied seeing the accident.

  • others:

avoid begin finish keep miss practise risk start stop

I haven't finished writing this letter.
Let's practise speaking English.

Verb + -ing form 1


Verb + -ing form 2


verb + noun + -ing form

Some verbs are followed by a noun and the -ing form:

  • verbs of the senses
see hear listen to smell watch etc.

We saw everybody running away.
I could hear someone singing.

  • others:
catch find imagine leave prevent stop

I caught someone trying to break in to my house.
We couldn’t prevent them getting away.

Verb + noun + -ing form 1


Verb + noun + -ing form 2


Infinitive or -ing form?


Many of the verbs above are sometimes followed by a passive form of -ing (being + past participle):

I don't like being interrupted.
Our dog loves being stroked under the chin.


Hi again Or,

Yes, I would recommend trying to remember when 'to' is a preposition and when it is part of the infinitive, as of course the verb form that comes after will be different in each case -- a gerund in the first, and an infinitive in the second.

When my students ask me whether they should study lists such as these, I encourage them to try learning one and then to observe whether it seems to help them remember the adjectives and their complements (i.e. the prepositions that follow them). Some people learn them well this way, but others don't so much. I'd encourage you to conduct the same experiment.

There is a short list of adjectives and prepositions on our Adjectives & Prepositions page and I found another page that has a longer list in the Free Dictionary. I'm sure you can find others if you do an internet search.

Hope this helps you!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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