Can we use the present continuous with a gerund in instances other than have been + present participle + gerund , am considering + gerund, and "am going to + gerund" ?

I've taken the following examples from "Thinking About Using -ing Words?" at Learning English.

verb + gerund One common situation in which two -ing words can appear next to each other is when the first -ing word is part of a continuous verb tense and the second -ing word is a gerund, as in the first example:

I’ve been avoiding going to the doctor.

Here, have been avoiding is the present perfect continuous form of to avoid. Going is the gerund.

Here’s another example:

I’m considering buying a home in DC.

Here, am considering is the present continuous form of the verb to consider. Buying is the gerund.

go + gerund Two -ing words can also appear together in what we call “go + gerund.” Go + gerund is an example of the verb + gerund construction.

In English, we add the verb to go to certain recreational activities. These activities include fishing, swimming, shopping and skating, plus more than a dozen more.

Because of this, when go is in the continuous verb tense, you will see two -ing words together.


I’m going shopping in Alexandria next weekend.

In this sentence, am going is the present continuous form of the verb to go and the gerund is shopping.

Here’s another:

We’re going skating on Friday in the sculpture garden.

In this sentence, are going is the present continuous form of the verb to go and skating is the gerund.

Note, however, that you will not see two -ing words together when go is not in the continuous tense with these activities. For example: “We went skating in the sculpture garden last Friday” is still part of the go + gerund structure.

Are there any other grammar constructions than these with a verb-ing + gerund?


  • I should mention that "I'm considering buying," one of the examples quoted, uses neither "have been + present participle + gerund" nor "am going to + gerund." So, that actually answers your question with "yes," without the need to provide anything else … – Jason Bassford Jul 21 '20 at 0:45
  • Yes oops , fixed question to show changes. I just want to know if there is a rule to this really, or a list of verbs somewhere ... – meepyer Jul 21 '20 at 0:49

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