Common verbs followed by –ing nouns are:
Verbs of liking and disliking:
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:
Our guide suggested waiting until the storm was over.
Everyone denied seeing the accident.
Other common verbs are:
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:
- listen to
We saw everybody running away.
I could hear someone singing.
Other common verbs:
I caught someone trying to break into my house.
We couldn’t prevent them getting away.