Expressions + “Verb+ing”


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Welcome to your Expressions + “Verb+ing” lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• Some expressions
“Have difficulty verb+ing” / “Have trouble verb+ing”
Using “+ing”
“Go + verb+ing”
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Some expressions

When these expressions are followed by a verb, the verb ends in -ing:

It’s no use / It’s no good:

“There’s nothing you can do, so it’s no use worrying about it.”

It’s no good trying to apologise, it’s too late.”

There’s no point in / What’s the point of:

“There’s no point in having a motorbike if you never use it.”

“There was no point in waiting, so we left.”

What’s the point of having a motorbike if you never use it?”

It’s (not) worth:

It’s not worth taking a bus, it’s only a ten-minute walk.”

“The flight was at 4am, so it wasn’t worth going to bed.”

Something is worth verb+ing

“That book is really worth reading.”

“Was the film any good? Is it worth watching?”

“Have difficulty verb+ing” / “Have trouble verb+ing”

We say “have difficulty doing something”. (not to do something.”)

“I had no difficulty finding a job.”

“She had difficulty reading my writing.”

“Did you have difficulty finding my place?”

You can also say “have trouble doing something”:

“I had no trouble finding a job.”

Using “+ing”

We use +ing after:

  • “A waste of money” / “a waste of time”:

“It was a waste of time watching that film. What rubbish!”

“I can’t believe you bought that! What a waste of money buying things you’ll never use!”

  • Spend time:

“He spent a lot of time trying to open the box.”

“I spend hours playing video games on the weekend.”

  • Busy:

“I can’t see you tonight, I’m busy working.”

“Go + verb+ing”

We use +ing for a number of activities (especially sports). For example:

go swimming go hiking go dancing go bowling go skiing

“On the weekend I go sightseeing.”

“When did you last go shopping?”

“How often do you go jogging?”