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TOEFL Structure Part 4: Verb Phrases that Require an -ing Form in the Complement


Problem 4 Verb Phrases that Require an -ing Form in the Complement
Remember that the following verb phrases require an -ing form for a verb in the complement:

approve of
be better off
can't help
count on
do not mind
forget about
get through
insist on
keep on
look forward to
object to
think about
think of

S
V Ph
C (-ing)
M
She
forgot about
canceling
her appointment

Avoid using an infinitive after the verb phrases listed. Avoid using a verb word after look forward to and object to. Remember that the verb phrase BE likely does not require an -ing form but requires an infinitive in the complement.

INCORRECT : She is likely knowing.
CORRECT : She is likely to know.

INCORRECT : Let's go to the movie when you get through to study.
CORRECT : Let's go to the movie when you get through studying.

INCORRECT : We can't help to wonder why she left
CORRECT : We can't help wondering why she left.

INCOPRECT : I have been looking forward to meet you.
CORRECT : I have been looking forward to meeting you.

INCORRECT : We wouldn't mind to wait
CORRECT : We wouldn't mind waiting.

Exercises
Part A: Choose the correct answer.

Many modern architects insist on ________ materials native to the region that will blend into the surrounding landscape.
(A) use
(B) to use
(C) the use
(D) using

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


During Jackson's administration, those who did not approve of permit common people in the White House were shocked by the president's insistence that they be invited into the mansion.
(A) (B) (C) (D)

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