Verbs that can be followed by -ing forms
After some verbs we can use an -ing form, but not normally an infinitive.
- I have finished packing. (NOT I have finished to pack.)
- I enjoy reading. (NOT I enjoy to read.)
- You must give up smoking. (NOT ... to smoke.)
- The doctor suggested taking a long holiday. (NOT ... suggested me to take...)
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.
- I dislike people telling me what to do.
- I can't imagine him working in an office.
- Nobody can stop him (from) doing what he wants to.
After deserve, need and require, the -ing form has a passive sense.
- The car requires servicing. (= needs to be serviced.)
- You hair needs cutting. (= needs to be cut.)
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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