Verb patterns with gerunds
An -ing form can be the subject or object of a verb.
Study the examples given below.
- Smoking is injurious to health.
Here the -ing form smoking is the subject of the verb is. Note that when an -ing form or an infinitive is used as the subject, the verb should be singular in number.
- Singing is his passion. (NOT Singing are her passion.)
- Reading is her favourite pastime.
Here are some verb patterns using the –ing form.
Subject + verb + gerund (-ing form)
In this pattern, the gerund is the object of the verb. Common verbs that can be used in this pattern include: begin, start, love, like, hate, stop, finish, enjoy, prefer, far, remember, forget, mind, miss, suggest, practice, try, understand, keep, help, admit, advise, avoid, consider, intend, delay, deny
- She began sobbing.
- She finished talking about her illnesses.
- I hate borrowing money.
- Mrs. Mukherji enjoys reading.
- He started teaching at twenty.
- I suggest consulting a doctor.
- I wouldn’t advise quitting now.
- Would you mind moving a bit?
- She kept saying the same thing.
- I remember seeing him at the library.
- He avoided meeting his old classmates.
- I will never forget buying my first bicycle.
- He denied taking the money.