45 Common Verbs Followed by Gerunds in English

Verbs Followed by Gerunds! Learn the useful list of verbs followed by gerunds in English with example sentences, video and ESL pictures.

Verbs Followed by Gerunds

Verbs Followed by Gerunds List

  • Admit
  • Advise
  • Anticipate
  • Acknowledge
  • Appreciate
  • Avoid
  • Bear
  • Begin
  • Complete
  • Consider
  • Defer
  • Delay
  • Deny
  • Discuss
  • Dislike
  • Enjoy
  • Entail
  • Finish
  • Forget
  • Hate
  • Intend
  • Involve
  • Justify
  • Keep
  • Like
  • Love
  • Mention
  • Mind
  • Miss
  • Postpone
  • Practice
  • Prefer
  • Quit
  • Recall
  • Recollect
  • Recommend
  • Regret
  • Resent
  • Resist
  • Risk
  • Sanction
  • Start
  • Stop
  • Suggest
  • Tolerate
  • Try

Examples of Verbs Followed by Gerunds


He was embarrassed to admit making a mistake.


He advised applying at once.


I didn’t anticipate having to do the cooking myself!


She acknowledged receiving assistance.


I appreciate having enough time to finish.


She decided to be a nun in order to avoid meeting him.


I wish she wouldn’t eat so fast. I can’t bear watching her.


I began teaching in 1984.


He completed drawing his pictures.


Investors should consider putting some money into an annuity.


She deferred writing my thesis.


Big companies often delay paying their bills.


She denied taking the money.


We briefly discussed buying a second car.


I dislike being the centre of attention.


I really enjoy talking to you.


This review procedure entails repeating the test.


He finished cleaning the kitchen.


I’ll never forget visiting them.


I hate getting to the theatre late.


I hear they intend marrying.(U.K)


This procedure involves testing each sample twice.


My results justify taking drastic action.


I keep thinking about Joe, all alone in that place.


She likes playing tennis.


I love going out to restaurants.


He mentioned going to that college.


Would you mind repeating what you just said?


He had missed being elected by a single vote.


He postponed returning to Paris.


Today we’re going to practice parking.


Chantal prefers travelling by train.


She quits worrying about the problem.


I don’t recall seeing any cars parked outside.


I recollect seeing Ryder some years ago in Bonn.


I would never recommend using a sunbed on a regular basis.


I regret leaving school so young.


Many conscripts resent having to do their military service.


She can never resist buying new shoes.


He risked being caught.


They will not sanction copying without permission.


He started tipping the pea pods into a pan.


I hoped he would stop asking awkward questions.


Tracey suggested meeting for a drink after work.


We don’t tolerate smoking in the library.


They decided they would try living in America for a while.

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7 thoughts on “45 Common Verbs Followed by Gerunds in English”

  1. I know it’s not related to this topic, but how can I know how to use To + infinitive or For + ING? Sometimes a sentence starts with ING without for, sometimes we have to use to + infinitive or for + ING? I’m really confused

    • You have to read about ” gerund”.
      When a sentence starts with “ing” ; for example:
      * watching movies is my hobby. We call this a gerund phrase, the subject of the sentence is” watching movies”.
      The phrase can be even longer.
      * watching movies with my brothers and my friends is my favorite thing.
      The subject of this sentence is ( watching movies with my brothers and my friends).
      It can even be an object;
      * My favorite thing is watching movies with my friends and my brothers. Here “watching” not a verb that comes after “IS” in present continuous, It’s a gerund phrase.
      You also may encounter sentence like;
      * Rushing to catch the train, he forgot his cell phone. We call this present participle phrase. If you want to rephrase it, it will be:
      * Because he was rushed, he forgot his cell phone. Or
      * He forgot his cell phone because he was rushed.
      You may also encounter with perfect participle.
      * Having recieved the message, she left the office immediately.
      Remember this: any verb comes after a preposition must be followed by ” ING”- not only “TO” and ” FOR”.
      We have more than 50 prepositions.
      * I felt good after talking the medicine. ( after is a preposition).
      * check your internet connection before trying again. ( before is a preposition).
      . Despite being a big star, she’s very approachable. ( despite is a preposition).
      How can you know that when to use ” to + infinitive” or to + ing ??
      In English we have what so-called catenative verbs and complex catenative verbs.
      Let’s see catenative verbs:
      1- verb + verb ( I hear say ), ( let go), ( make do), ( help wash).
      2- verb + to verb.( I want to go)
      3- verb + verb+ ing. I can afford buying).
      4 -A few verbs can work with both ( verb + to ) or ( verb + ing).
      can’t bear, begin, bother, cease, continue, hate, intend, like, love, neglect, prefer, start.
      * Did you bother to report it? Did you bother reporting it? Same thing
      * I love to swim in the sea. I love swimming in the sea. Same thing.
      * It started to rain. It started raining. Same thing.

      5- verb + v3 only one verb (let’s get started) ( got caught) ( got done)
      Please note: the first verb tense in all the 5 structures doesn’t affect the second verb.
      I stopped talking to him. Past
      I will stop talking to him. Future
      I have stopped talking to him. Perfect.
      Complex catenative, on the other hand, where an object comes between the 2 verbs.
      1- verb + object + verb ( can you help me wash the car)
      2- verb + object + to verb ( I told him to leave).
      3. – verb + object + verb ing ( they cought him stealing money.
      4 – verb + object + v3 ( they discovered the ship deserted.
      Some verbs can be used with many structures ( get , have, make, let, see want)
      . It’s really complicated and confusing when it comes to complex catenative.
      “TO” is followed by “ING” when it acts like ” in order to ”
      We stopped to chatting with the man.
      We stopped in order to chat with the man.
      We stopped chatting with man. We no longer chat with him. The “ing” here is because of the catenative verb.
      You may also encounter:
      * I used to smoke too much.( In the past )
      Did you use to smoke too much?
      Yes, now I no longer smoke.
      * I’m used to smoking. it doesn’t affect me. (Present)
      Are you used to smoking ? Yes I smoke 40 cigarettes in less than 10 hours.
      * He is used to animals. He is accustomed to animals.
      You may also see.
      You are to wait here until I return.
      I was to wait there until he returns.
      I had been to wait there until he returns. Formal Order.
      You may also encounter;
      I’m about to finish my work.
      I was about to finish my work.
      I have been about to finish my work.
      I will be about to finish my work.
      So if you want to clear up your confusion, you have to study the prepositions, collocations , catenative verbs, and complex catenative verbs, then, you’ll be OK.

  2. I m so confused about this topic ‘verb advance’. There are many verbs that followed by both infinitive and gerund. I searched a lot and always found different discussion about these verbs. Many people uploaded different types of verbs. Anyone who can sort out my problem.


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