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Thursday, 17 December 2020

EXPRESSIONS FOLLOWED BY -ING

expressions followed by gerund,Expressions followed by VERB+ing,Gerunds,English is easy with rb, expressions followed by ing

a waste of...

a waste of money...

a. It's a waste of money watching his films.
b. It's a waste of money buying things you don't need.

a waste of time...

a. She wastes a lot of time watching TV.
b. He wasted a lot of time playing computer games last year.

be busy...

a. I am busy doing my homework.
b. He was busy writing his dissertation.

have...

have difficulty...

a. Non-native speakers often have great difficulty understanding dialogues without English subtitles.
b. I had difficulty finding my way through the maze of narrow streets.
c. Did you have any difficulty receiving your letters at the new address?

***The expression, "have difficulty in doing something", is also used.
For example,

People with respiratory diseases have difficulty in breathing.

have no difficulty...

a. He had no difficulty working out that a fraud had been committed.
b. She has no difficulty understanding Italian.


***not "no difficulties"***

It's...

It's difficult...

a. It's difficult being a single parent.

It's no use...

a. It's no use trying to evade the issue. Sooner or later we must deal with it.
b. What's done is done. It's no use worrying about it any more.

It's no good...

a. It's no good trying to tell him about his mistakes. He believes he always makes the right decisions.
b. She is a headstrong girl. It's no good trying to convince her to change her mind.

It's (not) worth...

a. He is an idiot. It's not worth listening to him.
b. It is a good film. It's worth seeing.

It's a pleasure...

a. It's a pleasure doing business with you.

spend time...

a. I spent hours writing the assignment.
b. She spent hours trying to finish her painting.

point...

see little point in...

a. I see little point in arguing about it.
b. The teacher saw little point in punishing the students.

There's no point in...

a. There's no point in discussing this further.
b. There's no point in writing her a letter.

What's the point of...

a. What's the point of shouting at her?
b. What's the point of discussing this matter?

waste...

waste your breath...

a. Don’t waste your breath arguing with her. She will not listen to you.

waste your time...

a. Why don't you do your homework instead of wasting your time chatting about what you did yesterday?
b. He wasted his time watching silly tv shows.

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