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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.


can we say "i tried to study but i kept spacing out" (spacing out as being distracted)
does spacing out really means distracted if not can you give me the right thing to say
also can we put ing after kept?

Hello ennie123,

It is fine to use -ing after 'keep', but we don't use the phrase in this way. It can be used as an adjective - spaced-out - when someone is constantly daydreaming and unable to concentrate.

The simplest way to complete the sentence would be 'getting distracted' or 'losing concentration'.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello people. I did read the comment and I was wondering about the case we use to apply the condition of never more as: stopped working and stopped to work at 5. (Ex)
I didn't find, in the explanation behind, the case i just spotted.

Hi Annaluvillela,
Is your doubt about the use of -ing form and infinitive form with stop?
In that case, we use -ing form after stop whne an action is terminated and is no longer done after that, for example:
I stopped working after a car accident.
We use infinitive form after stop when an action is terminated in order to do something else:
I was having lunch but I stopped to work on my project.

Hope this could help you.
Best wishes.

Hello Annaluvillela,

I'm afraid I don't understand your question here. Could you rephrase it, please, with an example sentence to illustrate? Thank you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again!
"I consider Bob to be the best player on our soccer team."
Why don't we use "being" after consider?

Hello again Kurin,

You can consider doing something, which means that you are thinking about it, or you can consider someone to be something, which means that you think they are this. For example:

I am considering quitting my job. [I am thinking about doing this]

I consider my boss to be an idiot. [I think he or she is an idiot]

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I see... Thank you, Peter!

is there a rule? For instance, only actions verb? Or only practice allows to know those verbs? (please correct my mistakes ;))

"Going to college nowadays in an important step"
Is this sencence correct? When can I use "ing" to start a a sentence?