In Modern English the Gerund is widely used and competes with the Infinitive. The Gerund is used after:
| 1.Verbs followed by prepositions:
| accuse of
blame smb for
|| insist on
suspect smb of
|| They succeeded in findinga good flat.
Can you stop the child from gettinginto mischief?
Thank you for coming.
He was accused of having brokenthe law.
Iinsisted on his comingwith us.
Who is to blame for startingthe fire?
Are you thinking of buyinga house?
I apologize for beingso awkward.
| 2.Nouns used with prepositions:
| art of
|| opportunity of
point in; of
|| He has no intention of staying.
The importance of beingearnest.
There is no chance of winning.
We had no opportunity of meetinginteresting people there.
I have no experience in buildinghouses.
There are different ways of solvingthis problem.
Do you have any reason for sayingsuch a thing?
| 3.Phrasal verbs:
| burst out
|| keep on
put off, etc
|| He gave up smoking two years ago.
She kept on interrupting me while I was speaking.
| 4.Such verbs as:
|| Would you mind closingthe door?
He denied havingseen this man before.
You can hardly avoid meetingher.
We've just missed havingnasty accident.
They postponed sendingan answer to the request.
My work involves filingand typingletters.
| 5.Word combinations
| be afraid of
be angry for
be aware of
be bored with
be capable of
be clever at
be disappointed at
be engaged in
be fond of
be good/clever at
be grateful for
have difficulty in
|| be guilty of
be interested in
be keen on
be pleased at
be proud of
be slow at
be sorry for
be sure of
be surprised at
be worried about
be responsible for
be no good
be no use
|| There is no use cryingover spilt milk.
He didn't feel like goingout.
He couldn't help laughing.
She was afraid of falling.
He isslow at doingsums.
He isinterested in developingthe project.
She'll be sorry for beingrude.
□ He is proud of having wonthe chess tournament.
He was surprised at having been askedabout it.
It's no use worryingabout it. There is nothing you can do.
| 6. Prepositions
|| in spite of
|| Did you have any difficulty in gettinga visa?
They ran five miles without stopping.
Before goingto bed she locked the door.
John went to his office in spite of being ill.