Lesson 29 - Like to do / Like doing - Grammar Recap
Gerunds after Verbs
But sometimes the second verb must be a gerund, for example: "I often mention arriving on time. Punctuality is important."
The first verb is the important one. Only a few verbs require a gerund verb after it. These are the special verbs which MUST be followed by the gerund form if there is a second verb, in alphabetical order:
admit - appreciate - avoid - consider - defer - delay - deny - detest - dislike - endure - enjoy - escape - excuse - face - feel like - finish - forgive - give up - can't help - imagine - involve - leave off - mention - mind - miss - postpone - practise - put off - report - remember - resent - risk - can't stand - suggest - understand.
Here are some examples:
He easily forgives trespassing.
Nixon denied knowing about the break-in at Watergate.
I am considering going back to the USA.
She enjoys going to the hairdresser's.
Did he feel like telling the truth for a change?
I can't stand reading Tea Party articles.
Some verbs can be followed by the gerund form OR the infinitive form:
continue, hate, intend, like, love, prefer, propose, start.
This is our case in lessons 29 and 30!
Joe likes to sit around and talk. I love making ESL quizzes.
Joe likes sitting around and talking. I love to make ESL quizzes.
Quiz: Type the correct form of the verb.
"They want (go) to the restaurant."
You type the infinitive form (to go): "The want to go to the restaurant."
"He shot a child with an automatic rifle but he denied (do) it."
You type the gerund form (doing): "He shot a child with an automatic rifle but he denied doing it."