Verbs with Prepositions followed by Gerunds

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VERB + PREPOSITION + GERUND

Verb + Preposition + Gerund

 

Examples

adapt to

 

People need to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

adjust to

 

The twins had to adjust to living as singles.

agree (with) on

 

I could not agree on spending more money on the kids.

apologize for

 

I apologize for interrupting.

approve of

 

I don’t approve of leaving small children home alone.

argue about/against

 

You can’t argue about having an extra pair of hands.

ask about

 

She asked about making another cup of tea.

believe in

 

I believe in giving peace a chance.

blame for

 

Who’s to blame for rising food prices?

care about

 

She doesn’t care about getting into this college.

complain about

 

Mother complained about being tired.

consist of

 

Kid’s summers consist of going to the pool or the library.

decide on

 

Ken decided on going abroad next year.

depend on

 

I had come to depend on seeing her in my dreams.

disapprove of

 

Some people disapprove of helping migrants.

discourage from

 

Teenagers should be discouraged from going into internet chat rooms.

engage in

 

Students were engaged in learning the new grammar rules.

forgive for

 

I think Jessica will never forgive for lying.

get used to

 

I can’t get used to living in such a crowded city.

give up

 

Oh, I will never give up trying to find him.

help with

 

Some children require lots of help with reading.

inquire about

 

He inquired about attending Bob Jones University.

insist on

 

He insisted on seeing me off at the airport.

interfere with

 

I’m afraid your dance routine will interfere with studying.

keep on

 

We need to keep on trying.

look forward to

 

I look forward to going home next weekend.

object to

 

I object to changing plans at this late date.

participate in

 

All students participated in doing pantomimes.

persist in

 

Some people persist in calling Pluto the ninth planet.

plan on

 

What do you plan on doing?

prepare for

 

Instructors vary in how they prepare for teaching a course.

profit from

 

Henry profited from selling his parents’ house.

prohibit from

 

We are prohibited from doing lots of things in this school.

put off

 

Do you ever put off going to a doctor?

succeed in

 

She’s succeeded in making you jealous, hasn’t she?

suffer from

 

Doctors say children can suffer from playing video games.

talk about

 

We talked about going to Italy for our summer vacations.

take part in

 

Many people took part in bringing the lost child home.

there's no point in

 

There is no point in arguing with them.

think about

 

Jake and Julia think about getting married.

warn about

 

They warned us about speeding on this road.

work on

 

Brian really has to work on improving his vocabulary.

worry about

 

I always worry about losing things.

Comments (1)

  • English Student

    English Student

    12 March 2017 at 10:57 | #

    Very usefull. You have a pretty good information about this special structure from English Language. My ignorance was stoped. Thanks, thanks, really thanks. Excellent Job! My best wishes for you.

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