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Verbs followed by the '-ing' form

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

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Verb + -ing form 2

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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

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Verb + noun + -ing form 2

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Infinitive or -ing form?

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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.

Comments

Hi peter,

I have gone through clause Analysis and its rules but I am still not clear with clause. Would you please help.

I am eagerly waiting for your response.

Thank you.

Hello Aamir khan,

We are happy to help you understand the explanation on this page, but could you please ask a more specific question? Thanks in advance.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I'm going to be joining an exam, so I have to figure this out now., Please don't delete it again, duh, albeit my question may have nothing to do with this section. Thanks.

Hi Peter..Can you confirm if the following sentences are correct?
1. I am seeing new errors on the circuit. (I feel 'observing' is the right word to be used here.)
2. The network is having a connectivity issue. (I feel 'facing' is the right word to be used here.)
Is seeing only used in the sense of dating someone? Like, Ayesha is seeing Randy.
Is having only used in the following senses: having a baby, having sex, having fun (experience), having lunch (food)?
Are there any other uses apart from the above listed ones?

Hello harmilapi,

'Seeing' is fine in your first sentence. 'Observing' would also be fine, as would 'noticing'.

Both 'having' and 'facing' are possible in the second sentence.

'Having' is used in many contexts beyond those you mention. You can talk about 'have a shower', 'having a party' and many other things. Any good dictionary, including online dictionaries, should have a list of the ways 'have' can be used for meanings other than possession.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

"The British capital is also the preferred destination for Pakistani politicians fleeing the country to avoid persecution." Sir, shouldn't we use "who are fleeing" instead of just "fleeing"?Would the former use be grammatically correct?
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hello ali shah,

Yes, 'who are fleeing' is grammatically correct. In fact, 'fleeing' is a kind of abbreviated form of 'who are fleeing'. This is called a reduced relative clause -- see our defining relative clauses page (near the end) for more examples.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir;

"The advantages of living abroad"
living abroad is not easy.

In the above sentence, living is a noun (verb+ing) and abroad is an adverb.

How does the adverb come after a noun ?.

Hi pumbi,

I have already answered this question on another page. Please post questions once only. It may take us a day or even two to provide an answer but the process is only slowed by multiple postings.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. i wanna ask something about this course. i'm still confused and hesitate to use which verb i will use.
according to your course i above, there are some verbs following by "verb-ing"
and how about the other verbs? as we know there are some many verbs.
please help me to fade my hesitation.

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