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TOEFL Structure Part 3: Verbs that Require an -ing Form in the Complement


Problem 3 Verbs that Require an -ing Form in the Complement

Remember that the following verbs require an -ing form for a verb in the complement:

admit
appreciate
a void
complete
consider

delay
deny
discuss
enjoy
finish
keep
mention
miss
postpone
practice
quit
recall
recommend
regret
risk
stop
suggest
tolerate
understand

S
V
C (-ing)
M
He
enjoys
traveling
by plane

Avoid using an infinitive after the verbs listed.
Forbid may be used with either an infinitive or an -ing complement, but forbid from is not idiomatic.

INCORRECT : She is considering not to go
CORRECT : She is considering not going

INCORRECT : We enjoyed talk with your friend.
CORRECT : We enjoyed talking with your friend.

INCORRECT : Hank completed the writing his thesis this summer.
CORRECT : Hank completed writing his thesis this summer.

INCOPRECT : I miss to watch the news when I am traveling.
CORRECT : I miss watching the news when I am traveling.

INCORRECT : She mentions stop at El Paso in her letter..
CORRECT : She mentions stopping at El Paso in her letter.

Exercises
Part A: Choose the correct answer.

Strauss finished ______ two of his published compositions before his tenth birthday.
(A) written
(B) write
(C) to write
(D) writing

Part B: Choose the incorrect word or phrase and correct it.

Many people have stopped to smoke because they are afraid that it may be harmful to their health.
(A) (B) (C) (D)

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