Verbs followed by -ing
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- I enjoy reading.
- When I'm on holiday, I enjoy not having to get up early.
Would you mind closing the door?
Chris suggested going to the cinema.
Suddenly everybody stopped talking. There was silence.
I'll do the shopping when I've finished cleaning the flat.
He tried to avoid anwering my question.
I don't fancy going out this evening. (I'm not enthusiastic about it.)
Have you ever considered going to live in another country?
postpone = put off
Shall we postpone painting the kitchen until next weekend?
I imagined living in another country.
She deny eating spinach.
Hurry up! I don't want to risk missing the train.
Jane admit stealing from the shop
give up = (stop)
I've given up reading newspapers. I think it's a waste of time.
go on / carry on = (continue)
Jenny doesn't want to retire. She wants to go on working.
keep or keep on
You keep on interrupting when I'm talking!
I don't mind been kept waiting. =(I don't mind people keeping me...)
When you are talking abot a finished action:
having done/stolen/said etc.
They admitted having stolen the money.
Or without having:
- They admitted stealing the money.
- I now regret saying (havig said) what I said.
admit / deny / suggest + that
- They denied that they had stolen the money.
- = They denied stealing the money.
- Sam suggested that we went to the cinema.
- = Sam suggested going to the cinema.
We talked about going to America.
- You must apologise for not telling the truth.
- I apologised to them for keeping them waiting.
Have you succeeded in finding a job yet?
They insisted on paying for the meal.
I'm thinking of buying a house.
I wouldn't dream of asking them of money.
- He doesn't approve of swearing.
- I don't approve of people killing animals for fun.
We have decided against moving to London.
Do you feel like going out tonight.
Look forward to
- I'm looking forward to meeting her.
- We are all looking forward to Peter coming home.
I congratulated Liz on getting a new job.
- They accused us of telling lies.
- We were accused of telling lies.
- Nobody suspected the general of being a spy.
- The general was suspected of being a spy.
What prevented you from coming to see us?
- The rain didn't stop us from enjoying our holiday.
- Or: The rain didn't stop us enjoying our holiday.
I forgot to thank them for helping me.
Excuse me for being so late.
Please forgive me for not writing to you.
It's no use
There's nothing you can do about the situation, so it's no use worrying about it.
It's no good
It's no good trying to persuade me. You won't succeed.
There's no point in
- There's no point in having a car if you never use it. There was no point in waiting any longer, so we went.
- What's the point of having a car if you never use it?
It's (not) worth
- I live only a short walk from here, so it's not worth taking a taxi.
- Our flight was very early in the morning, so it wasn't worth going to bed.
- What was the film like? Was it worth seeing?
- Thieves broke into the house but didn't take anything. There was nothing worth stealing.
- I had no difficulty finding a place to live.
- did you have any difficulty getting a visa?
- People often have difficulty reading my writing.
I had no trouble finding a place to live.
A waste of money
It's a waste of money buying things you don't need.
A waste of time
- It was a waste of time reading that book. It was rubbish.
- I waste a lot of time day-dreaming.
He spent hours trying to repair the clock.
She said she couldn't see me. She was too busy doing other things.
How often do you go swimming?
I'd like to go skiing.
When did you last go shoping?
I've never been sailing. Gone been!
What would you like to do?
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