Unit 51. Verb +ing
If these verbs are followed by another verb, the structure is usually verb + - ing:
I’ll do the shopping when I’ve finished cleaning the apartment.
I don’t miss working late every night.
Have you ever considered going to live in another country?
I can’t imagine George riding a motorcycle.
When I‘m on vacation, I enjoy not having to get up early.
The following expressions also take -ing:
Are you going to give up smoking?
He kept (on) interrupting me while I was speaking. Note the passive form (being done / being seen / being told, etc.):
I don’t mind being told what to do. You cannot normally use the infinitive (to do / to dance, etc.) after these verbs and expressions:
I enjoy dancing, (notto dance)
Would you mind closing the door? (not to close)
Jill suggested going to the movies, (not to go)
give up (= stop)
go on (= continue)
put off (= postpone)
keep or keep on (= do something continuously or repeatedly)
He admitted stealing (or having stolen) the money.
They now regret getting (or having gotten) married.
When you are talking about finished actions, you can also say having done / having stolen, etc. But it is not necessary to use this form. You can also use the simple -ing form for finished actions:
He denied that he had stolen the money, (or denied stealing)
Jill suggested that we go to the movies, (or suggested going) For suggest see also Unit 33.
With some of the verbs in this unit (especially admit, deny, regret, and suggest) you can also use a that… structure:
For verbs + -ing see also Units 54 and 55.