A gerund is a verb form that functions as a noun.
Common Verbs Followed by Gerunds – Video
Although similar to a verbal noun, the two are not identical, as a gerund retains properties of a verb, whereas a verbal noun does not; in English this is most evident in the fact that a gerund can be modified by an adverb and can take a direct object. The term “-ing form” is often used in English to refer to the gerund specifically.
Common Verbs Followed by Gerunds
E.g. She admitted stealing the money
E.g. You should avoid walking home after 2 a.m.
- Carry on
E.g. I will carry on living in Ireland until 2013.
E.g. Have you considered living in Italy? The weather is nicer.
E.g. I won’t delay studying. I’m going to start tonight.
E.g. The criminal denied killing the woman.
- (Do) + mind
E.g. I don’t mind sleeping on the sofa.
E.g. I enjoy travelling around the world.
E.g. Have you finished cleaning the kitchen?
- Give up
E.g. I want to give up smoking soon.
E.g. Can you imagine winning the lottery? I would be amazing!
E.g. I think I will keep studying until 11 pm.
E.g. I miss spending time with my friends in Spain.
E.g. Don’t postpone studying for the exam.
- Spend (time)
E.g. Do you spend a lot of time studying?
E.g. I recommend learning English in Ireland.
E.g. We cannot risk going home late because there are no buses.
E.g. They suggested going to the cinema, but we said no.
E.g. I cannot tolerate living here. The weather is too bad!
E.g. She advised waiting until tomorrow.
E.g. I anticipate having a good time on vacation.
E.g. I appreciated hearing from them.
E.g. I can’t bear waiting in long lines.
E.g. It began raining.
E.g. I finally completed writing my term paper.
E.g. He continued speaking.
E.g. They discussed opening a new business.
E.g. I dislike driving long distances.
E.g. I’ll never forget visiting Napolenon’s tomb.
E.g. I hate making silly mistakes.
- Can’t help
E.g. I can’t help worrying about it.
E.g. I like going to movies.
E.g. I love going to operas.
E.g. She mentioned going to a movie.
E.g. The athlete practiced throwing the ball.
E.g. Jame prefers talking to driving to work.
E.g. He quit trying to solve the problem.
E.g. I don’t recall meeting him before.
E.g. I don’t recollect meeting him before.
E.g. I regret telling him secret.
E.g. I can remember meeting him when I was a child.
E.g. I resent her interfering in my business.
E.g. I couldn’t resist eating the dessert.
E.g. I can’t stand waiting in long lines.
E.g. It started raining.
E.g. She stopped going to classes when she got sick.
E.g. I tried changing the light bulb, but the lamp still didn’t work
E.g. I don’t understand his leaving school.