In the previous article, we became acquainted with the concept of verb patterns, and also found out how and in what situations (namely, after what words and constructions) you need to use the full infinitive form of the verbs.
The goal of this article is to understand when you need to use a verb with the ending -ing (or gerund).
Well, let’s look at this rule closer. The verb -ing is put:
Jogging is a popular form of exercise.
They avoid discussing this topic.
Are you going to postpone meeting them forever?
We like watching films in the cinema.
BUT: phrases would like, would love, would prefer are used with an infinitive when we mention some certain preference.
I would like to go to the cinema tonight.
It’s no use asking her to remind you anything.
I can’t help thinking what we will do if he is right.
We wasted a lot of time waiting for them.
Are you interested in working here at all?
What do they know about living in this place?
I prefer going somewhere to sitting at home.
We are looking forward to meeting you.
I listened to her speaking about her plans. (I heard only a part and don’t know the whole plans)
BUT: we use hear, listen to, notice, see, watch, feel with bare infinitive to speak about a complete action. Meaning that we saw or heard everything.
I heard her speak about their plans. (Everything they were discussing).
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