List of Verbs Followed by ING Form or Infinitive!

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In English, some verbs have to be followed by the Gerund (-ING form) while others are followed by the Infinitive (to…). To make things worse, some verbs may be followed by both forms. These verbs are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below. To find out more about them and see more examples, please click the link at the bottom of this page.
 
FOLLOWED BY ‘ING’
 
LIKE*

  • Superman loves changing clothes in phone booths.

 
FANCY

  • Do you fancy going out for a drink later, Lois?

 
FEEL LIKE

  • I’m sorry, Clark. I don’t feel like going out tonight.

 
APPRECIATE

  • You know, Lois, I don’t appreciate being treated like a stranger.

 
ENJOY

  • Sherlock Holmes enjoys solving mysteries.

 
LOVE*

  • I just love watching Sherlock reruns.

 
MIND

  • Would you mind leaving me alone, Mr Watson?

 
TOLERATE

  • I can’t tolerate being ignored any longer.

 
DISLIKE*

  • Why do you dislike spending time with Roger?

 
HATE*

  • I don’t hate spending time with him, but he’s not my favourite person, to put it nicely.

 
(CAN’T) STAND

  • Will you post this letter for me, please? I can’t stand queuing.

 
DETEST

  • I just detest waiting.

 
AVOID

  • Why are you avoiding getting down to work? Stop procrastinating.

 
MISS

  • I miss playing with my Barbie dolls. Why can’t I be a child again?

 
CONSIDER

  • Would you consider working as an English Language teacher?

 
SUGGEST

  • I suggest going in Bruce Wayne’s car.

 
ADVISE

  • I would advise not calling him at this time of night.

 
IMAGINE

  • Peter has imagined telling his wife the truth many times.

 
ADMIT

  • He didn’t want to admit cheating on her.

 
FINISH*

  • Never talk to Joker until he has finished speaking.

 
POSTPONE

  • I think we’ll have to postpone meeting the clients.

 
DELAY

  • Janet delayed telling her husband that she wanted a divorce. It was Christmas after all.

 
 
FOLLOWED BY INFINITIVE (to …)
 
HOPE

  • I hope to see you again soon.

 
WANT

  • Doctor Octopus wants to rule the world.

 
WISH

  • Follow MyEnglishTeacher.eu on Facebook if you wish to improve your English.

 
PREFER

  • We’ve received a thousand-dollar donation, but the donor prefers to stay anonymous.

 
INTEND*

  • I don’t intend to reveal his identity.

 
ASK

  • What are you doing with Tom’s laptop? Did you ask to use it?

 
AIM

  • I aim to get there before two o’clock.

 
DARE

  • Do you know what time Suzy will get here?
    No, I didn’t dare to ask.

 
TRY*

  • I’ve tried to call her a few times, but she didn’t pick up.

 
LEARN*

  • When did you learn to swim?
    I’ve never learnt to swim.

 
FAIL

  • I’m afraid I fail to see your point.

 
DECIDE

  • I’ve decided to learn ten new words every day.

 
CHOOSE

  • I wasn’t dumped by Barbara. I chose not to see her again.

 
PROMISE

  • She promised to keep in touch.

 
SWEAR

  • I want you to swear not to tell anyone what you’ve just seen.

 
AGREE

  • Will you agree to be Barbara’s lawfully wedded husband?

 
REFUSE

  • I wanted to apologize to her, but she refused to see me.

 
BEGIN*

  • It began to rain just as I was getting ready to go for a run. What a shame.

 
START*

  • I started to learn English when I was eight years old.

 
CONTINUE

  • I’m going to continue to learn until I’m fluent.

 
AFFORD

  • My laptop is broken and I can’t afford to buy a new one.

 
SEEM

  • Who’s that guy? He seems to know what he’s talking about.

 
For more on verbs that may be followed by both ‘to’ and ‘ing’, please visit:
List of Verbs Followed by Both Gerunds and Infinitives!
 
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