Gerunds after Prepositions
1. Gerund after prepositions that stand alone – some examples:
After having a shower, I went to bed.
I have breakfast before leaving for work in the morning.
I passed by studying every evening for a month.
in spite of
In spite of living in the country he cannot speak the language.
What did he say on learning your news?
You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs.
2. Gerund after Adjective + Preposition – some examples:
He is afraid of losing his job.
bad at/good at
John is good at explaining things.
She is crazy about seeing me.
I am interested in learning Japanese.
He’s sorry for being late.
I’m worried about having no money.
3. Gerund after Noun + Preposition – some examples:
What is the main advantage of living in the country?
Is there a chance of getting free tickets?
He has difficulty in sleeping.
He has no interest in earning lots of money.
They have solved the problem of storing energy.
He was in trouble for fighting.
4. Gerund after Verb + Preposition – some examples:
They apologized for being late.
She decided against marrying him.
Freda dreams of being a pop star.
I feel like getting drunk.
I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.