Unit 58. Expressions + -ing
When these expressions are followed by a verb, the verb ends in -ing
It’s no use…
It’s no use worrying about it. There’s nothing you can do.
It’s no use trying to persuade me. You won’t succeed.
There’s no point in…
There’s no point in buying a car if you don’t want to drive it.
There was no point in waiting, so we went.
It’s (not) worth…
My house is only a short walk from here. It’s not worth taking a taxi.
It was so late when we got home, it wasn’t worth going to bed. You can say: “a book is worth reading / a movie is worth seeing, etc.:
Do you think this book is worth reading?
You should go and see that movie. It’s really worth seeing.
I had difficulty finding a place to live, (not to find)
Did you have any trouble getting a visa?
People often have great difficulty reading my writing.
Remember that we say “difficulty” (not difficulties) and “trouble” (not troubles):
I’m sure you’ll have no difficulty/trouble passing the exam. You can also say “(have) difficulty in -ing”:
He’s shy. He has difficulty in talking to people he doesn’t know well.
A waste of money /time…
It’s a waste of time reading that book. It’s trash.
It’s a waste of money buying things you don’t need.
I spent hours trying to repair the clock.
I waste a lot of time daydreaming.
Go -ing We use go -ing for a number of activities (especially sports):
go shopping go swimming go skiing go fishing
How often do you go swimming?
I’m going skiing next year.
I have to go shopping this morning.
I’ve never been sailing.
go climbing go sailing go riding go sightseeing
For “I’ve been / I’ve gone” see Unit 13c.