VERBS FOLLOWED BY THE GERUND
The gerund is used after certain verbs.
The most important of these verbs are shown below.
Appreciate is followed by a possessive adjective and the gerund when the gerund does not refer to the subject. Compare :
Excuse, forgive, pardon can be followed by an object and the gerund or for + object and the gerund (both common in spoken English), or a possessive adjective + gerund (more formal and less likely to be said):
Suggest can be used in a number of ways, but BE CAREFUL. It is important not to confuse these patterns:
Propose is followed by the gerund when it means 'suggest':
Stop can be followed by a gerund or infinitive, but there is a change of meaning - Stop doing something is do not continue with what you are doing. Stop to do something is interrupt a previous activity to start a new one..
Dread is followed by the infinitive when used with 'think', in the expression 'I dread to think':
Prevent is followed
Note that some reporting verbs may appear in more than one of the following groups.
1. Verbs followed by 'if' or 'whether' + clause:
2. Verbs followed by a that-clause:
3. Verbs followed by either a that-clause or a to-infinitive:
4. Verbs followed by a that-clause containing should
5. Verbs followed by a clause starting with a question word:
6. Verbs followed by object + to-infinitive
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