Like + ing

LIKE + ING – Tema 5 (Básico)

 

We can use the -ing form of the verb:

As a noun:

I love swimming.
Swimming is very good for your health.
You can get fit by swimming regularly.

-ing nouns are nearly always uncount nouns

As an adjective:

The main problem today is rising prices.
That programme was really boring.
He saw a woman lying on the floor.

Because the -ing noun or adjective is formed from a verb it can have any of thepatterns which follow a verb, for example:

… An object:

I like playing tennis.
Can you imagine living on the moon?

… Or an adverbial:

You can earn a lot of money by working hard.
There were several people waiting for the bus.

… Or a clause:

I heard someone saying that.

The -ing noun can be used:

As the subject of a verb:

Learning English is not easy.

As the object of a verb:

We enjoy learning English.

Common verbs followed by an -ing object are:

admit like hate start avoid
suggest enjoy dislike begin finish

As the object of a preposition

Some people are not interested in learning English.

The -ing adjective can come:

In front of a noun:

I read an interesting article in the newspaper today.
We saw a really exciting match on Sunday.

The commonest –ing adjectives used in front of the noun are

amusing interesting worrying shocking disappointing
boring surprising  exciting terrifying frightening
tiring annoying

After a noun:

Who is that man standing over there?
The boy talking to Angela is her younger brother.

And especially after verbs like seewatchhearsmell 

heard someone playing the piano.
I can smell something burning.