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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


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.


After "enjoy" we don not use the infinitive(To form of verb),It takes '-ing' from of verb.The first sentence is correct.

Hello pyramid,

The first one is correct and the second one is not in standard English. This is because 'enjoy' takes a verb in the -ing form after it. Note that 'enjoy' is not in the list on our verbs followed by to + infinitives page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi all, I would like you to compare these sentences- 1 I wouldn't mind your staying here VS would you mind my staying here?. 2 Greg, i know she loves another man, so, it's no use your suffering for her VS Greg, I know she loves another man , so it's no use suffering for her. The course is lost already,so, there is no point in your trying to catch up with the class VS the course is lost already, so, there is no point in trying to catch up with the class .
My query is about possesive determiner+ gerund. e.g. let her go, IT'S NO GOOD CLINGING to something,more especific -let her go, IT'S NO GOOD YOUR CLINGING to something impossible. Can I always use a possesive determiner before an ing verb in a fixed phrase without changing the meaning of the sentence ? Thanks a lot !

Hi all. After verbs of MOVEMENT such as walk,run,go, crawl , we can use an ing verb, right? e.g she walked looking at me, he ran fearing for his life, the baby crawled laughing with me. If these sentences are correct, can we say - he ran OUT OF THE HOUSE fearing for his life, the baby crawled ON THE FLOOR laughing with me, she walked OUT OF THE ROOM looking at me . Is it OK to I place this words to complement my idea,or the ing verb has to necessarily be place after the movement verb at all times? Thanks a lot !!

Hi Heeppee creepy,

Those sentences are fine. However, the -ing forms here are not related to these verbs but are rather participle clauses which show actions happening at the same time as other actions, and which can be used with many verbs. You can read more about these on this page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Very helpful the page you suggested, thanks a lot .

Hello sir
Thank you so much for your previous explanation, it is always very very helpful to me and encourage to study English more. In that respect, I want to ask a question about using the verbs followed by ing form of the verbs.

They would/will admit stealing the money.
They would/will admit after stealing the money.
They would admit having stolen the money.
If you don't mind, could you please explain to me mentioned above sentences we can make?
Thanks a lot sir.

Hello Mr. Black,

I'm glad that you found my answer helpful! As much as possible, though, please check the dictionary for questions like this. I'd suggest you look up 'admit' in the Cambridge dictionary (and you could also check others). Analyse the example sentences and you can get a good idea of how it's used.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir.
I have watched an English lesson on the you tube channel recently which has been about using to+infinitive and ~ing form of the verbs. Its said that we can't use personal objective pronouns or to+infinitive after verbs, suggest, recommend. But in a text book, I have studied like given below.
I wouldn't recommend anybody to stay at this hotel.
..........recommend anybody/(him).............. stay..........
So I'm confused with them. Hence could you please explain to me about mentioned above sentence?
Can we use, to + infinitive and personal objective pronouns, After verbs, suggest, recommend, advise and allow.

Hello Mr. Black,

'recommend' can indeed be used with a personal objective pronoun + to+infinitive after it, but this use is more uncommon than 'recommend' + pronoun + base form. If you compare dictionary entries - for example Cambridge and Oxford - you'll find the form you ask about in the latter but not in the former.

Every verb is different. Unless I'm forgetting some use, 'suggest' is not used with a to+infinitive, but 'advise' and 'allow' can be, though with 'suggest' the base form is more common.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team