Verb Patterns Lesson Three: Verb + Preposition + Gerund
A rule in English that doesn’t have any exceptions is that after a preposition, the verb always takes the form of a gerund.
The following verbs all use this pattern: think (of/about), succeed (in), feel (like), accuse (of), dream (of), specialize (in), worry (about), look forward (to), decide (against).
- We’re thinking of having a baby.
- He was thinking of leaving but in the end he stayed.
- They succeeded in upsetting everyone at the party.
- I don’t feel like going out tonight
- They didn’t feel like coming to the party.
- He’s accused of stealing $10,000.
- They accused me of being lazy at work.
- I dream of travelling around Asia.
- He dreams of owning his own business.
- Mark specializes in getting new clients.
- I used to specialize in teaching business English.
- I worry about deleting everything from my computer.
- He worries about losing too much.
- I’m looking forward to finishing this project!
- They worry about not having enough money.
- We’re really looking forward to seeing you both later.
- We decided against buying that car.
- I thought you decided against teaching that class.
(David has arrived in Switzerland and is talking with Beth)
Beth: I’ve dreamed of living here for so long, what do you think?
David: It’s great, I love it!
Beth: I was a little worried about moving here because of the prices, but I love it too.
David: You know, I’m thinking of moving somewhere new too, I initially thought about Spain, but then I decided against it.
Beth: That’s really exciting! What about moving here? You specialize in software and I have lots of friends who do the same.
David: It’s something to think about. But what about tonight?
Beth: I feel like going out. What do you think?
David: Sounds great! Looking forward to it!
Use the correct form of the correct verb in the following: think of, feel like, worry about, look forward to, accuse of, decide against.
1. He’s always __________ losing his money.
2. I just don’t __________ cooking tonight.
3. I’m really __________ going to see that film later.
4. We’re __________ moving house.
5. He was ___________ stealing at his last job.
1. worried about
2. feel like
3. looking forward to
4. thinking of
5. accused of