Verbs Used with Gerunds

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VERBS USED WITH GERUNDS

Verb + Gerund

Examples

acknowledge

He refused to acknowledge having any sort of problem.

admit

She admitted stealing the money.

adore

Kids adore being allowed to use crayons, markers or paints.

advise

She advised waiting till tomorrow.

anticipate

We anticipate having a good time at the party.

appreciate

I appreciate hearing from George.

avoid

She avoided answering my question.

attempt*

Would you attempt swimming across the lake?

begin*

I forced myself to begin walking again.

bother*

Why did you bother asking her this question?

can’t bear*

I can’t bear having so much responsibility.

can't help

She can’t help worrying about the surgery.

(can’t) stand*

Oh, I can’t stand watching this.

cease*

This man would not cease talking.

celebrate

The athletes began to celebrate winning the championship.

commence*

They commenced arguing.

complete

I finally completed writing my essay.

consider

I will consider going out with you.

continue*

She continued talking about her childhood in the country.

contemplate

Did you contemplate doing something about it?

defend

He defended using the grant money on other needs.

defer

How can we defer paying taxes on the sale of that property?

delay

They delayed leaving for the airport.

deny

He denied committing the crime.

deserve*

I didn’t do anything to deserve being treated like this.

detest

Why do we detest going to a doctor or dentist?

discuss

We discussed buying a new house.

dislike

I just dislike working in the garden.

dread**

I dread going to work every day.

endure

I can’t endure being on this ship any longer.

enjoy

I enjoyed visiting my best friend last month.

escape

Can we escape becoming dizzy?

excuse

You can’t excuse texting while driving.

(can’t) face

They face losing the family farm.

fancy (=imagine)

I wouldn’t fancy being alone right now.

fear*

I feared losing the respect of my parents.

feel like

I don’t feel like going out tonight.

finish

Barb finished cleaning the room about nine.

forget**

I’ll never forget visiting the Capitol.

forgive

Should I forgive being ignored?

give up

I will never give up trying.

go

We want to go shopping, to get some ice-cream.

go on**

Why do you go on working like this?

hate*

I really hate waiting in line.

imagine

I can’t imagine being in front of an audience.

involve

This job involves working closely with communities.

keep

I keep hoping she will call me soon.

keep on

Lauren just kept on winning.

like*

Do you like working here?

loathe

Federal regulators loathe losing control to local authorities.

love*

I love doing nothing.

mention

They mentioned seeing Bob at the mall.

mind (=object to)

Would you mind helping me with this project?

miss

I miss being with my family.

need (passive)*

Some parts of this car need replacing.

neglect*

Nora began to neglect cleaning her room.

omit

Most old people omit being violent.

postpone

Let’s postpone writing them a letter till tomorrow.

practice

He practiced playing the guitar.

prefer*

Some people prefer living the way they do.

prevent

Teachers often take steps to prevent cheating.

propose*

Does anyone here propose changing the basic plan?

put off

You should not put off doing your homework.

quit

She quit trying to solve the problem.

recall

I don’t recall meeting you before.

recollect

I don’t recollect meeting you before.

recommend

He recommended seeing this movie.

regret**

I regret telling him the truth.

remember**

I can’t remember meeting him when I was in college.

report

Children report feeling positive while coloring.

require*

His construction job requires working outside.

resent

I resent her interfering in my business.

resist

I couldn’t resist eating some cake.

resume

I sat down again and resumed working on my notes.

risk

We risk losing all of our money.

spend time

We spent some time talking about sports.

start*

I ought to start looking for another place.

stop**

She stopped going to school when she got sick.

suggest

He suggested going to the baseball game.

threaten*

The man threatened jumping off the train.

tolerate

Our teacher won’t tolerate cheating during an exam.

try*

I tried calling you earlier but you wouldn’t answer.

understand

I don’t understand his quitting this job.

* Infinitives can also be used after these verbs without change in meaning.

** Infinitives can also be used after these verbs with change in meaning.

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