List of Verbs Followed by Gerunds

A gerund is a verb form that functions as a noun...


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.

  • Admit

E.g. She admitted stealing the money

  • Avoid

E.g. You should avoid walking home after 2 a.m.

  • Carry on

E.g. I will carry on living in Ireland until 2013.

  • Consider

E.g. Have you considered living in Italy? The weather is nicer.

  • Delay

E.g. I won’t delay studying. I’m going to start tonight.

  • Deny

E.g. The criminal denied killing the woman.

  • (Do) + mind

E.g. I don’t mind sleeping on the sofa.

  • Enjoy

E.g. I enjoy travelling around the world.

  • Finish

E.g. Have you finished cleaning the kitchen?

  • Give up

E.g. I want to give up smoking soon.

  • Imagine

E.g. Can you imagine winning the lottery? I would be amazing!

  • Keep

E.g. I think I will keep studying until 11 pm.

  • Miss

E.g. I miss spending time with my friends in Spain.

  • Postpone

E.g. Don’t postpone studying for the exam.

  • Spend (time)

E.g. Do you spend a lot of time studying?

  • Recommend

E.g. I recommend learning English in Ireland.

  • Risk

E.g. We cannot risk going home late because there are no buses.

  • Suggest

E.g. They suggested going to the cinema, but we said no.

  • Tolerate

E.g. I cannot tolerate living here. The weather is too bad!

  • Advise

E.g. She advised waiting until tomorrow.

  • Anticipate

E.g. I anticipate having a good time on vacation.

  • Appreciate

E.g. I appreciated hearing from them.

  • Bear

E.g. I can’t bear waiting in long lines.

  • Begin

E.g. It began raining.

  • Complete

E.g. I finally completed writing my term paper.

  • Continue

E.g. He continued speaking.

  • Discuss

E.g. They discussed opening a new business.

  • Dislike

E.g. I dislike driving long distances.

  • Forget

E.g. I’ll never forget visiting Napolenon’s tomb.

  • Hate

E.g. I hate making silly mistakes.

  • Can’t help

E.g. I can’t help worrying about it.

  • Like

E.g. I like going to movies.

  • Love

E.g. I love going to operas.

  • Mention

E.g. She mentioned going to a movie.

  • Practice

E.g. The athlete practiced throwing the ball.

  • Prefer

E.g. Jame prefers talking to driving to work.

  • Quit

E.g. He quit trying to solve the problem.

  • Recall

E.g. I don’t recall meeting him before.

  • Recollect

E.g. I don’t recollect meeting him before.

  • Regret

E.g. I regret telling him secret.

  • Remember

E.g. I can remember meeting him when I was a child.

  • Resent

E.g. I resent her interfering in my business.

  • Resist

E.g. I couldn’t resist eating the dessert.

  • Stand

E.g. I can’t stand waiting in long lines.

  • Start

E.g. It started raining.

  • Stop

E.g. She stopped going to classes when she got sick.

  • Try

E.g. I tried changing the light bulb, but the lamp still didn’t work

  • Understand

E.g. I don’t understand his leaving school.

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  1. Useful work,as always! Yet, let me suggest my speculation that the wording of the example “The criminal denied killing the woman.” gives air to an ambiguity, shortly.

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