When a verb follows a preposition, the verb must be in the gerund form [verb+ing].
This is a rules that has no exception. A lot of prepositions follow verbs (adjust to, agree with, depend on, etc), and if a second verb follows the prepositions , it MUST be gerund.
Verb + Preposition + Gerund
- adapt to
People need to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
- adjust to
The twins had to adjust to living as singles.
- agree (with) on
I could not agree on spending more money on the kids.
- apologize for
I apologize for interrupting.
- approve of
I don’t approve of leaving small children home alone.
- argue about/against
You can’t argue about having an extra pair of hands.
- ask about
She asked about making another cup of tea.
- believe in
I believe in giving peace a chance.
- blame for
Who’s to blame for rising food prices?
- care about
She doesn’t care about getting into this college.
- complain about
Mother complained about being tired.
- consist of
Kid’s summers consist of going to the pool or the library.
- decide on
Ken decided on going abroad next year.
- depend on
I had come to depend on seeing her in my dreams.
- disapprove of
Some people disapprove of helping migrants.
- discourage from
Teenagers should be discouraged from going into internet chat rooms.
- engage in
Students were engaged in learning the new grammar rules.
- forgive for
I think Jessica will never forgive for lying.
- get used to
I can’t get used to living in such a crowded city.
- give up
Oh, I will never give up trying to find him.
- help with
Some children require lots of help with reading.
- inquire about
He inquired about attending Bob Jones University.
- insist on
He insisted on seeing me off at the airport.
- interfere with
I’m afraid your dance routine will interfere with studying.
- keep on
We need to keep on trying.
- look forward to
I look forward to going home next weekend.
- object to
I object to changing plans at this late date.
- participate in
All students participated in doing pantomimes.
- persist in
Some people persist in calling Pluto the ninth planet.
- plan on
What do you plan on doing?
- prepare for
Instructors vary in how they prepare for teaching a course.
- profit from
Henry profited from selling his parents’ house.
- prohibit from
We are prohibited from doing lots of things in this school.
- put off
Do you ever put off going to a doctor?
- succeed in
She’s succeeded in making you jealous, hasn’t she?
- suffer from
Doctors say children can suffer from playing video games.
- talk about
We talked about going to Italy for our summer vacations.
- take part in
Many people took part in bringing the lost child home.
- there’s no point in
There is no point in arguing with them.
- think about
Jake and Julia think about getting married.
- warn about
They warned us about speeding on this road.
- work on
Brian really has to work on improving his vocabulary.
- worry about
I always worry about losing things.
Can you think of any other examples?
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