This post looks at some of the most common verbs followed by a gerund. A gerund is a verb that is changed into a noun and is formed, verb + ing. We often use the gerund after verbs that express like or dislike of something.
Verbs of liking and disliking
Like I like playing tennis.
Dislike I dislike eating artichokes.
Fancy I fancy eating out tonight because I’m too tired to cook.
Enjoy I enjoy watching films with my children.
Love I love singing in the shower but only if there is no one else at home!
Hate I hate being late.
Detest I detest seeing people being rude.
Verbs of saying and thinking
Admit The man finally admitted stealing the bicycle.
Consider Would you ever consider moving to another country?
Deny The child denied breaking the vase.
Imagine I could not imagine singing in front of a large audience.
Remember He didn’t remember leaving his coat on the train but he probably left it there.
Suggest I suggested going out for a walk.
Phrases with mind
I wouldn’t mind = I would like
I wouldn’t mind seeing the new James Bond film, would you? I haven’t seen it yet.
I wouldn’t mind moving to another country although I would want to learn the language first.
don’t mind = I am willing to
I don’t mind seeing the new Batman film, if you prefer.
would you mind = will you please…?
Would you mind waiting here for a moment please?
Other common verbs that take the gerund are
Avoid We narrowly avoided hitting the tree when we lost control of the car.
Begin What time shall we begin cooking.
Finish They have finished painting now.
Keep The runner kept running and won the race.
Miss I miss living in the countryside.
Risk They risked losing everything.
Start When shall we start cooking the dinner?
Stop I stopped listening ages ago!
Passive form of -ing
Many of these verbs are sometimes followed by the passive form of -ing: being + past participle
Tom thought he was being ignored.
Our class is being taken on a trip.
Noun + -ing clause
Some verbs are followed by a noun and an -ing clause:
Verbs to do with the senses that take the gerund
- listen to
Other verbs that take the gerund
I saw everybody having a good time.
I could see someone playing golf.
I caught someone trying to break into my house.
We couldn’t prevent them getting away.