Gerund after Certain Verbs
We sometimes use one verb after another verb. Often the second verb is in the to-infinitive form, for example:
- I want to eat.
But sometimes the second verb must be in gerund form, for example:
- I dislike eating.
This depends on the first verb. Here is a list of verbs that are usually followed by a verb in gerund form:
- admit, appreciate, avoid, carry on, 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, resent, risk, can't stand, suggest, understand
Look at these examples:
- She is considering having a holiday.
She is considering to have a holiday.
- Do you feel like going out?
- I can't help falling in love with you.
- I can't stand not seeing you.
- I like to play tennis. / I like playing tennis.
- It started to rain. / It started raining.