Verbs that are followed by the gerund

Some common verbs which, when followed by a verb, require that to be the -ing form of the verb:
- which express preferences: detest, dislike, enjoy, hate, fancy, like, love, prefer, can't stand.
I love swimming but I hate jogging.
They always enjoyed visiting their friends.
A: Do you fancy going for a walk?
B: I wouldn’t mind
- phrases with the verb „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?
- related to thinking and speaking: admit, consider, deny, imagine, remember, suggest.
Our guide suggested waiting until the storm was over.
Everyone denied seeing the accident.
- verbs about beginning, continuation or ending: start, begin, continue, go on, carry on, keep, end, finish, quit, delay, resume.
I haven’t finished writing this letter.
You have to stop doing that.
Keep walking, we have to get there on time.
- others: avoid, miss, practise, risk.
Let’s practise speaking English.
You risk failing this exam if you do not study.
I really miss having dinner with my family.

Verb + noun + gerund
In some cases there is a noun in the middle, for example in case of verbs of the senses: see, watch, hear, smell, listen to, etc. (We saw everybody running away. I could hear someone singing.) and some others: catch, find, imagine, leave, prevent (I caught someone trying to break into my house. We couldn’t prevent them getting away.)


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