Word List – Verbs that Need the Gerund

Here is a list of common verbs that, if followed by a verb, that verb needs to be in the gerund form.

 
admit

He admitted driving too fast.

 
avoid

He could avoid having a drink on his birthday.

 
carry on

If you carry on eating too much, you’ll get fat.

 
consider

Helen is considering buying a house.

 
delay

Don’t delay saving for your retirement!

 
deny

She denies having any involvement in the crime.

 
dislike

I dislike calling my parents.

 
can’t help

I can’t help feeling sorry for him.

 
enjoy

I enjoy reading crime novels.

 
finish

When you finish writing the report, can you please call Mr Rogers back?

 
give up

He just can’t give up smoking.

 
imagine

Can you imagine living next door to a baby?

 
include

My job includes dealing with the general public.

 
involve

The job doesn’t involve using computers.

 
keep on

If you keep on lying to her, she’ll leave you.

 
mention

Don’t mention going to the shops this afternoon.

 
(don’t) mind

I don’t mind cleaning up after dinner.

 
miss

I really miss seeing him every day.

 
practise

If you don’t practise playing the guitar, you’ll never be famous.

 
risk

I don’t want to risk catching a cold.

 
suggest

May I suggest keeping quiet about his money problems?