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Gerund after Certain Verbs

We sometimes use one verb after another verb. Often the second verb is in the to-infinitive form, for example:

But sometimes the second verb must be in gerund form, for example:

This depends on the first verb. Here is a list of verbs that are usually followed by a verb in gerund form:

Look at these examples:

Some verbs can be followed by the gerund form or the to-infinitive form without a big change in meaning: begin, continue, hate, intend, like, love, prefer, propose, start
  • I like to play tennis. / I like playing tennis.
  • It started to rain. / It started raining.