Unit 57. Verb + preposition + -ing
Many verbs have the structure verb (V) + preposition (P) + object.
For example, talk about
We talked about the problem, (the problem is the object) If the object is another verb, it ends in -ing:
We talked about going to Japan. (V + P + -ing)
|Here are some more verbs that have the structure V + P + -ing:
||Has Tom succeeded
||finding a job yet?
||I don’t feel
||going out tonight.
||Are you thinking
||buying a house?
||I’ve always dreamed
||She doesn’t approve
|look forward to
||I’m looking forward
||buying me a cup of coffee.
||moving to California.
||keeping me waiting.
*I feel like doing = I’d like to do, I’m in the mood to do.
We say “apologize to someone for something”:
He apologized to me for keeping me waiting, (not he apologized me)
With some of these verbs you can also use the structure verb + preposition + someone + -ing. For example:
We are all looking forward to Peter (or Peter’s) coming home.
She doesn’t approve of her son (or son’s) staying out late at night.
They insisted on me (or my) staying with them. (See also Unit 33.)
These verbs have the structure verb + object + preposition + -ing:
||Did they suspect
||being a spy?
||passing the exam.
||coming to the wedding?
||leaving the building.
||being so helpful.
||not writing to you.
||buying the car.
Some of these verbs are often used in the passive:
I was accused of telling lies.
Was the man suspected of being a spy?
We were warned against buying it.