Verbs followed by verb + ing (Part 1)



When we use a verb after the following verbs, we usually use verb + ing:

1) admit + verb + ing

The accused man admitted killing 3 people.
The accused man admitted kill 3 people. X
The accused man admitted to kill 3 people. X

Mary admitted making a mistake.
Mary admitted make a mistake. X
Mary admitted to make a mistake. X

Even though John was clearly innocent, he admitted driving the car in order to protect his best friend.
Even though John was clearly innocent, he admitted drive the car in order to protect his best friend. X
Even though John was clearly innocent, he admitted to drive the car in order to protect his best friend. X

Suzy admitted using her mobile phone during the exam.
Suzy admitted use her mobile phone during the exam. X
Suzy admitted to use her mobile phone during the exam. X

2) adore + verb +ing

I adore kissing my wife.
I adore kiss my wife. X
I adore to kiss my wife. X

Max adores curling up in bed with a good book.
Max adores curl up in bed with a good book. X
Max adores to curl up in bed with a good book. X

John adores playing dodgeball with his friends.
John adores play dodgeball with his friends. X
John adores to play dodgeball with his friends. X

He adored watching cartoons when he was a child.
He adored watch cartoons when he was a child. X
He adored to watch cartoons when he was a child. X

3) avoid + verb + ing

I avoided telling him the truth because I knew it would upset him.
I avoided tell him the truth because I knew it would upset him. X
I avoided to tell him the truth because I knew it would upset him. X

Mary avoids eating unhealthy food.
Mary avoids eat unhealthy food. X
Mary avoids to eat unhealthy food. X

You should avoid going to the beach during the summer holidays.
You should avoid go to the beach during the summer holidays. X
You should avoid to go to the beach during the summer holidays. X

Tom avoided writing a letter to Mary and chose to speak to her instead.
Tom avoided write a letter to Mary and chose to speak to her instead. X
Tom avoided to write a letter to Mary and chose to speak to her instead. X

4) can't stand + verb + ing

I can't stand listening to the child's crying.
I can't stand listen to the child's crying. X
I can't stand to listen to the child's crying. X

Helen can't stand watching her best friend make the biggest mistake of her life.
Helen can't stand watch her best friend make the biggest mistake of her life. X
Helen can't stand to watch her best friend make the biggest mistake of her life. X

Thomas can't stand being alone on weekends.
Thomas can't stand be alone on weekends. X
Thomas can't stand to be alone on weekends. X

They can't stand eating their mother's horrible cooking.
They can't stand eat their mother's horrible cooking. X
They can't stand to eat their mother's horrible cooking. X

5) carry on + verb + ing

The students carried on chatting even though the teacher had already arrived.
The students carried on chat even though the teacher had already arrived. X
The students carried on to chat even though the teacher had already arrived. X

Matthew carried on playing his guitar despite the noise from the TV.
Matthew carried on play his guitar despite the noise from the TV. X
Matthew carried on to play his guitar despite the noise from the TV. X

Elizabeth and her friends carried on walking despite being tired.
Elizabeth and her friends carried on walk despite being tired. X
Elizabeth and her friends carried on to walk despite being tired. X

He has carried on supporting the charity even though he recently lost his job.
He has carried on support the charity even though he recently lost his job. X
He has carried on to support the charity even though he recently lost his job. X

6) consider + verb + ing

He's considering writing a romance novel.
He's considering write a romance novel. X
He's considering to write a romance novel. X

Max and Mona are considering buying a house together.
Max and Mona are considering buy a house together. X
Max and Mona are considering to buy a house together. X

John considered getting married to his longtime girlfriend.
John considered get married to his longtime girlfriend. X
John considered to get married to his longtime girlfriend. X

We are considering getting a loan to cover our debts. 
We are considering get a loan to cover our debts. X
We are considering to get a loan to cover our debts. X

Lesson Vocabulary

innocent (adjective) = A person who has not done something wrong or illegal is innocent. 

admit (verb) = to say that is something is true even if you don't want to

can't stand = hate

carry on (phrasal verb) = continue

consider (verb) = think about

dodgeball (noun)

cartoon (noun) - The Flintstones is a well-known cartoon.

guitar (noun)

cry (verb) - The actor is crying. 


Exercise

Your turn! Can you spot and correct the mistakes in the mistakes in the following sentences?

1) I admitted to sing loudly during the lesson.
2) They adore to kissing their children. 
3) We considered go to Italy for our next holiday.
4) She can't to stand seeing animals animals in pain.

Please leave your answers in the comments section and I will gladly give you some feedback. 

4 comments:

kazuo nishi said...

1) I admitted singing loudly during the lesson.
2) They adore kissing their children.
3) We considered going Italy for our next holiday.
4) She can't stand seeing animals in pain.

M. Hakim said...

Hi Francois, Here is my answer:
1) I admitted singing loudly during the lesson.
2) They adore kissing their children.
3) We considering going to Italy for our next holiday.
4) She can't stand seeing animals in pain.

Francois Oosthuizen said...

Great job, Kazuo! You just made one mistake:

3) We considered going TO Italy for our next holiday.

Francois Oosthuizen said...

Thanks for your answers, M. Hakim!

You just made one mistake:

3) We considerED going to Italy for our next holiday.

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