Grammar: Gerunds After Prepositions


1. Gerund after prepositions that stand alone

  1. afterAfter having a shower, I waited for Steven.
  2. before: The tablet must not be taken before getting up in the morning.
  3. by: I manage it by working much longer than 40-hour weeks.
  4. in spite ofIn spite of studying a lot he didn’t pass the exams.
  5. on: What was her reaction on hearing the news?
  6. without: He told the joke without laughing.

2. Gerund after Adjective + Preposition

  1. afraid of: They are afraid of losing the match.
  2. angry about/at: Pat is angry about walking in the rain.
  3. bad at/good at: John is good at working in the garden.
  4. clever at: He is clever at skateboarding.
  5. crazy about: The girl is crazy about playing tennis.
  6. disappointed about/at: He is disappointed about seeing such a bad report.
  7. excited about: We are excited about making our own film.
  8. famous for: Sandy is famous for singing songs.
  9. fed up with: I’m fed up with being treated as a child.
  10. fond of: Hannah is fond of going to parties.
  11. glad about: She is glad about getting married again.
  12. happy about/at: The children are not happy about seeing a doctor.
  13. interested in: Are you interested in writing poems?
  14. keen on: Joe is keen on drawing.
  15. proud of: She is proud of riding a snowboard.
  16. sick of: We’re sick of sitting around like this.
  17. sorry about/for: He’s sorry for eating in the lesson.
  18. tired of: I’m tired of waiting for you.
  19. used to: She is used to smoking.
  20. worried about: I’m worried about making mistakes.

3. Gerund after Noun + Preposition

  1. advantage of: What is the advantage of farming over hunting?
  2. chance of: There’s a chance of catching a cold these days.
  3. choice between: There’s a choice between flying to London Heathrow or Stansted.
  4. danger of: Peggy is in danger of making a mistake.
  5. difficulty in: He has difficulty in texting.
  6. doubt about: He is in doubt about buying the correct software for his computer system.
  7. hope of: There’s little hope of catching the new Corvette.
  8. idea of: I like the idea of setting up a new email account.
  9. interest in: There’s no interest in writing letters.
  10. method of: This is a simple method of finding solutions.
  11. opportunity of: There’s some opportunity of bringing her parents together again.
  12. possibility of: These wheels offer the possibility of riding tubeless.
  13. problem of: He has the problem of swimming too slowly.
  14. reason for: There’s a real reason for winning the contest.
  15. risk of: There’s a risk of digging too deep.
  16. trouble for: He was in trouble for stealing.
  17. way of: This is a new way of building a wall.

4. Gerund after Verb + Preposition

  1. accuse of: They were accused of breaking into a shop.
  2. agree with: I agree with playing darts.
  3. apologize for: They apologize for being late.
  4. believe in: She doesn’t believe in getting lost in the wood.
  5. blame for: The reporter is blamed for writing bad stories.
  6. complain about: She complains about bullying.
  7. concentrate on: Do you concentrate on reading or writing?
  8. congratulate sb. on: I wanted to congratulate you on making such a good speech.
  9. cope with: He is not sure how to cope with getting older.
  10. decide against: They decided against stealing the car.
  11. depend on: Success may depend on becoming more patient.
  12. dream about/of: Sue dreams of being a pop star.
  13. feel like: They feel like going to bed.
  14. get used to: You must get used to working long hours.
  15. insist on: The girls insisted on going out with Mark.
  16. look forward to: I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
  17. prevent (somebody) from (something): How can I prevent Kate from working in this shop?
  18. rely on (something): He doesn’t rely on winning in the casino.
  19. succeed in: How then can I succeed in studying chemistry?
  20. specialize in: The firm specialized in designing websites.
  21. stop (somebody) from: I stopped Andrew from smoking.
  22. talk about/of: They often talk about travelling to New Zealand.
  23. think about/of: Frank thinks of playing chess.
  24. warn (somebody) against: We warned them against using this computer.
  25. worry about: The patient worries about having the check-up.