GRAMMAR – Prepositions + GERUND

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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