ING verbs are used in various verb tenses, including: the present continuous, the past continuous, the present perfect continuous and the past perfect continuous. We also use them after verbs related to our likes and dislikes.

 

We form ING verbs like this: 

 

VERB + ING VERB WITHOUT E + ING DOUBLE CONSONANT
WALKING

TALKING

READING

EATING

PLAYING

CHEWING

WRITING

DANCING

DIVING

DRIVING

BATHING

RIDING

RUNNING

SWIMMING

PUTTING

CUTTING

GETTING

CHATTING

 

Normally, we just add ING to the bare infinitive of the verb, for instance: LISTEN + ING = LISTENING

We add ING to the verb as long as we have a consonant + vowel + consonant.

 

But if there is a short verb (one syllable) we need to double the consonants, for example SWIMMING.

UNLESS….

The verb ends in X: FIXING

The verb ends in Y: PLAYING

The verb ends in W: SCREWING

 

If the verb ends in an E we remove the E and + ING, for example: LIKE + ING = LIKING

 

ACTIVITY: DOWNLOAD IN PDF BELOW WITH ANSWERS

 

Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the ING verb:

 

  1. I like ________ (WATCH) TV in the evening.
  2. I am keen on ________ (READ) books at night.
  3. I love ________ (LISTEN) to music in the car.
  4. I enjoy ________ (PLAY) video games.
  5. I am fond of ________ (GO) to the cinema.
  6. I am interested in ________ (TALK) on the phone.
  7. I can’t stand ________ (SWIM) in the sea.
  8. I detest ________ (GET) bad grades at school.
  9. I am big on ________ (DANCE).
  10. I am crazy about ________ (RUN) in the park.

 

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