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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.


Hi sir, I am consfused of these following sentences.

"Their efforts of promoting bla-bla"
It sounds right to me, but I haven't understood what is the state of -ing form in there, is it an adjective or something? Thanks you

Hello Alice88,

The -ing form here is a gerund, which is a noun formed from a verb. You can read more about -ing forms on this page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, I wanted to ask about verb ''hungry'' definition. Is this definition correct: ''wanting or needing food''? We do not use wanting or needing in present participle form.
Thank you.

Hello MCWSL,

It's fine to use the present participle in that way. Please note that 'hungry' is not a verb, however, but rather an adjective.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Which sentence is right? and why?
Because I want to continue my study in your language school.
Because I want to continue my studying in your language school.

Hello Salem249,

'Continue' can be followed by several forms, including nouns, gerunds and infinitives. Therefore there are several options. The most natural ways to say this sentence would be:

Because I want to continue my studies in your language school.

Because I want to continue studying in your language school.

Because I want to continue to study in your language school.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Let me know whether I am correct or wrong. I like riding my bike.
This means I
Aint got no friends. I like be alone. This means im a loser.
Am I correct?
The real Rasmus Wiborg :)))

PS. love your webpage

Dear Sir
Let me know whether I am correct or wrong. I like travelling.

This means I
have already started travelling. I like to travel. This means a wish or intention.
Am I correct?

Hello Andrew,

Both of these are expressions of preference, but neither tells us whether or not you are travelling at the moment. We use 'ing' after like with the meaning of 'enjoy' - the act of travelling gives me pleasure. We use 'to verb' after like to describe our preferred way of spending time - in other words, to say that this is something that we choose to spend time on.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
Thank you very much for your reply explaning 'ing' and to verb. This is something that I had the difficulty to understand. To make sure that I have understood this I am writing an example let me know If I am correct. Eg. I am a tour guide and I am telling my friend- I like my job very much because I like travelling.
Is 'I like travelling.' correct according to the context.
Thank you.