Gerunds preceded by Prepositions

Gerunds preceded by Prepositions :

A Simple Infinitive and a Gerund are equivalent in meaning. But if a Preposition is required, the Gerund or some equivalent Abstract Noun should be substituted for the Infinitive and should be made the Object to the Preposition.

The only Prepositions that can have a verb in the infinitive Mood as Object are about, than and but.

1. He persisted to say this. (Incorrect)
2. He persisted in saying this.(Correct)

1. I insisted to have my fee paid. (Incorrect)
2. I insisted on having my fee paid.(Correct)

1. We should refrain to do evil. (Incorrect)
2. We should refrain from doing evil.(Correct)

1. They prohibited me to borrow a book. (Incorrect)
2. They prohibited me from borrowing a book.(Correct)

1. Do not prevent me to work. (Incorrect)
2. Do not prevent me from working.(Correct)

1. I insisted on him to go away. (Incorrect)
2. I insisted on his going away.(Correct)

1. Abstain to speak ill of others. (Incorrect)
2. Abstain from speaking ill of others.(Correct)

1. I am debarred to send you a specimen. (Incorrect)
2. I am debarred from sending you a specimen.(Correct)

1. He resigned himself to fail. (Incorrect)
2. He resigned himself to failure.(Correct)

1. I am confident to win. (Incorrect)
2. I am confident of winning.(Correct)

1. I am intent to win. (Incorrect)
2. I am intent on winning.(Correct)

1. He assisted them to do this. (Incorrect)
2. He assisted them in doing this.(Correct)

1. He hindered me to do this. (Incorrect)
2. He hindered me from doing this. (Correct)

1. He despaired to succeed. (Incorrect)
2. He despaired of success.(Correct)

1. He repented to have been idle. (Incorrect)
2. He repented of having been idle.(Correct)

1. Your brother has a passion to study. (Incorrect)
2. Your brother has a passion for studying.(Correct)

1. He excels to speak English. (Incorrect)
2. He excels in speaking English.(Correct)

1. You are disqualified to take part in the competition. (Incorrect)
2. You are disqualified from taking part in the competition.(Correct)

1. He is addicted to gamble. (Incorrect)
2. He is addicted to gambling.(Correct)

1. He is fond to read novels.(Incorrect)
2. He is fond of reading novels.(Correct)

1. He aimed to do good. (Incorrect)
2. He aimed at doing good.(Correct)

1. He succeeded to secure some votes. (Incorrect)
2. He succeeded in securing some votes.(Correct)

1. She is bent to take revenge. (Incorrect)
2. She is bent upon taking revenge.(Correct)

1. He is an expert to invent excuses. (Incorrect)
2. He is an expert in inventing excuses.(Correct)

1. You are not justified to impute bad motives to me.(Incorrect)
2. You are not justified in imputing bad motives to me.(Correct)

1. I am tired to do nothing. (Incorrect)
2. I am tired of doing nothing.(Correct)

1. She is averse to smoking. (Incorrect)
2. She is averse to smoke.(Correct)


  1. A Preposition
  2. Prepositions
  3. The Preposition
  4. Object of The Preposition
  5. Omission of Object of The Preposition
  6. Participial Prepositions
  7. Compound Prepositions
  8. BUT as A Preposition
  9. Preposition and Object
  10. Wrong Uses of Prepositions
  11. Wrong Omissions of Prepositions
  12. Misuses of Prepositions
  13. Uses of Prepositions
  14. Gerunds preceded by Prepositions
  15. Peculiar Uses of Prepositions
  16. Example Sentences with Appropriate Prepositions
  17. Words followed by Appropriate Prepositions
  18. Nouns followed by Prepositions
  19. Participles followed by Prepositions
  20. Adjectives followed by Prepositions
  21. Verbs followed by Prepositions
  22. Verbs and Prepositions
  23. Sample Sentences with Prepositions
  24. Sample Sentences with Prepositional Phrases

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