Welcome to your Verb + Preposition + Verb+ING lesson! In this topic we talk about:
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When do we use this form?
Have a look at a few examples:
|verb +||preposition||+ object|
|“We talked||about||the problem.”|
|“You have to apologise||for||what you did.”|
Here are more verbs with this structure:
|“I’m looking forward||to||meeting her.”|
|“Do you feel||like||going out tonight?”|
|“They have decided||against||moving to Spain.”|
|“He doesn’t approve||of||drinking.”|
|“I wouldn’t dream||of||hurting you!”|
|“I’m thinking||of||changing my career path.”|
|“She insisted||on||paying for the meal.”|
|“Have they succeeded||in||finding a flat?”|
You can also say “approve of somebody doing something” or “look forward to somebody doing something”:
I don’t approve of people drinking and driving.”
I’m looking forward to James coming home.
The following verbs can have the structure “verb + object + preposition + verb+ING”:
|verb +||object +||preposition +||verb+ing|
|“They accused||him||of||telling a lie.”|
|“I congratulated||them||on||buying their new house.”|
|“Please excuse||me||for||being so rude.”|
|“You must forgive||her||for||not calling you.”|
|“What prevented||you||from||arriving on time?”|
|“The rain didn’t stop||us||from||having a great picnic.”|
|“Nobody suspected||us||of||being thieves.”|
|“I have to thank||you||for||helping us.”|
You can say “stop somebody doing” or “stop somebody from doing”:
You can’t stop me going out tonight
You can’t stop me from going out tonight.
Many of these verbs are used in the Passive:
He was accused of telling a lie.
We were suspected of being thieves.
Note that we say “apologise to somebody for … “:
I apologised to them for keeping them waiting.