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TOEFL 1.1.4 Verb Phrases that Require an -ing Form in the Complement

Written By Heni Puspita on Saturday, April 9, 2011 | 6:15 PM



Remember that the following verb phrases require an -ing form for a verb in the complement.

approve of
do not mind
keep on
be better of
forget about
look forward to
can’t help
get through
object to
count on
insist on
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
: David is likely knowing.
Correct
: David is likely to know.


Incorrect
: Let’s go to the movie when you don’t get through to study.
Correct
: Let’s go to the movie when you don’t get through studying.


Incorrect
: We can’t help to wonder why she left.
Correct
: We can’t help wondering why she left.


Incorrect
: 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 (a) who did not approve of (b) permit common people in the White House (c) were shocked by the president’s insistence that they (d) be invited into the mansion.

Source:
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