Verbs with Prepositions followed by Gerunds

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Verb + Preposition + Gerund



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


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


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


look forward to going home next weekend.

object to


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.

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