Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 23 Verbs followed by a gerund

What are some verbs that must have an object before gerund?
What are some verbs that can’t have an object before a gerund?
What are some verbs that can be followed by either a gerund or a bare infinitive? Do the meanings differ in such cases?

Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 23 Verbs followed by a gerund (1)

  • Some verbs must have an object before a gerund. Such verbs include:

catch

discover

feel

find

hear

leave

notice

observe

overhear

see

spot

watch

  •  Some verbs can’t have an object before a gerund. Such verbs include

admit

advise

consider

continue

delay

deserve

enjoy

escape

face

finish

forget

propose

put off

suggest

  •  Some verbs can have an object or no object followed by a gerund.
  •  Verbs such as detest, disapprove of, dislike, hate, like, love, resent, object to, remember, forget, imagine, think of can be followed by a possessive before a gerund. However, this is applicable to people alone, not animals and things.
  •  Verbs such as feel, hear, notice, observe, overhear, see, watch can be followed by either a gerund or a bare infinitive, but the meaning may differ.

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