Verb patterns

Gerund (ing-form)


Gerund (ing-form)

Ing-form after verb

I canít help admiring people who enjoy learning math. Harry began studying / began to study history. We went on driving till the evening.
We went on to reach a hotel before dark.

Ing-form after preposition

After reading the book we wanted to see the film.
We can learn a lot by watching other people.
Instead of walking we took a bus. Many students are used to working in the nights.
Father used to go fishing on Sunday mornings. It is no good complaining all the time.

 Notice: ing-form is also used

Indicating subject of ing-form

I insist on going to London.
They are looking forward to seeing that film. He wants to work without people disturbing him all the time. 
Updated 15.4.1996
Sami Terho <>