The Gerund: Learn English Grammar

The Gerund

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

  • see
  • watch
  • hear
  • smell
  • listen to

Other verbs that take the gerund

  • catch
  • find
  • imagine
  • leave
  • prevent
  • stop

I saw everybody having a good time.
I could see someone playing golf.
caught someone trying to break into my house.
We couldn’t prevent them getting away.


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