Verbs that can be followed by -ing forms

Posted by Manjusha. Filed in English Grammar

After some verbs we can use an -ing form, but not normally an infinitive.

Some common verbs that are normally followed by -ing forms are:

admit   appreciate   avoid    consider   delay   deny    detest    dislike    endure    enjoy   escape    excuse    face    fancy    feel like   finish    forgive    give up    can't help   imagine   involve    mention    mind   miss    postpone   practice    put off    resent    resist    risk   suggest    understand

Some of the verbs listed above can be followed by object + -ing form.

After deserve, need and require, the -ing form has a passive sense.

Some verbs can be followed by both -ing forms and infinitives. These include:

advise   allow    can't bear   forbid   forget   go    go on   hate    hear    intend   like   love    permit    prefer    feel like   propose    regret    remember   see    start   stop    try    watch

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-ing Forms
Verbs that can be followed by -ing forms
-ing forms after nouns and adjectives
-ing forms after prepositions