Expressions Followed By Gerund


Short Explanation

The following expressions are usually followed by gerund ( a gerund is a noun made from a verb + ing). 
  • give up ( stop )
  • go on ( continue )
  • put off ( postpone )
  • carry on ( continue )
  • keep or keep on ( do something continuously or repeatedly )
Let's see the following examples :
  • I'm going to give up smoking as soon as possible.
  • Your brother kept on interrupting me while I was speaking.
  • Go on working!
  • Never put off doing what you can do ! 

Exercise 1

In this exercise  you have to complete the sentences with the correct word!

 live     smoke     eat 

1. I can't go on ........ without you.
2. Give up ......... if you want to live with me. I hate cigarettes.
3. Keep on .......... vegetables and fruits if you want to lose weight.


The following expressions are also usually followed by gerund.
  • It's no use .......
  • It's no good ......
  • There's no point in .........
  • It's ( not ) worth .........
  • Have difficulty (in) ..........
  • A waste of money ........
  • A waste of time ............
  • Spend / waste ( time ) .......
  • Go ...........  ( It is used usually for a number of sport activities )
Let's see the following examples :
  • It's no use worrying about your health. Just have a lot of vegetables and fruits and do regular sports.
  • There's no point in buying a car if you don't want to drive it.
  • This film is worth seeing. It has educational value for children.
  • A lot of people have difficulty finding a job in Indonesia. 
  • It's a waste of time giving him advice. He never wants to listen.
  • I spent 2 weeks trying to persuade him to go back to his wife.
  • I go swimming once a week.

Exercise 2

In this exercise you have to join two sentences to make one good sentence.
Example        : Don't worry about it. It's no use.
Your answer  : It's no use worrying about it.

1. Don't smoke. It's a waste of money.  It's a waste of money ........
2. Don't buy the book. There's no point. There's no point ...........
3. Don't persuade her. It's a waste of time. It's a waste of time ............
4. Don't see the film. It's not worth it.  It's not worth ..........
5. Don't get angry. It's not worth it. It's not worth ...........

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