Gerunds after nouns and adjectives
Some nouns and adjectives can be followed by preposition + -ing form. Nouns/adjectives that are followed by -ing forms cannot normally be followed by infinitives. But there are exceptions to this rule.
- I hate the idea of getting old. (NOT ... the idea to get old.)
- I am tired of listening to advice.
- She is good at painting.
- We are confident of winning the election.
After some nouns and adjectives, we can use either an -ing form or an infinitive. Normally there is little or no difference of meaning. Note that if we are using an -ing form, a preposition is used to connect it to the noun/adjective.
- I am proud of having won.
- I am proud to have won.
- We have a good chance of making/ to make a profit.
Sections in this article
Exclamations: common errors
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2
Common errors with adjectives - part 1
Common errors with adjectives - part 2