Unit 62. expressions + ~ing – grammar in use

When these expressions are followed by a verb, the verb ends in ~ing:
It’s no use…/It’s no good…:
* There’s nothing you can do about the situation, so it’s no use worrying about it.
* It’s no good trying to persuade me. You won’t succeed.
There’s no point in…:
* There’s no point in having a car if you never use it.
* There was no point in waiting any longer, so we went.
It’s (not) worth…:
* I live only a short walk from here, so it’s not worth taking a taxi.
* It was so late when we got home, it wasn’t worth going to bed.
You can say ‘a film is worth seeing’, ‘a book is worth reading’, etc.
* What was the film like? Was it worth seeing?
* I don’t think newspapers are worth reading.

(Have) difficulty ~ing
We say ‘have difficulty doing something’ (not ‘to do’):
* I had difficulty finding a place to live. (not ‘I had difficulty to find’)
* Did you have any difficulty getting a visa?
* People often have great difficulty reading my writing.
We usually say ‘have difficulty’ (not ‘have difficulties’):
* I’m sure you’ll have no difficulty passing the exam. (not ‘have no difficulties’)

We use ~ing after:
a waste of money…/a waste of time… (to… is also possible):
* It was a waste of time reading that book. It was rubbish.
* It’s a waste of money buying things you don’t need.
spend/waste (time) …
* He spent hours trying to repair the clock.
* I waste a lot of time daydreaming.
(be) busy…:
* She said she couldn’t see me. She was too busy doing other things.

Go swimming/go fishing etc.
We use go ~ing for a number of activities (especially sports). For example, you can say:
go swimming/go sailing/go fishing/go climbing/go skiing/go jogging etc.
also: go shopping/go sightseeing.
* I’d like to go skiing.
* When did you last go shopping?
* I’ve never been sailing. (For been and gone, see Unit 7D.)
You can also say ‘come swimming/come skiing’ etc.:
* Why don’t you come swimming with us?

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Unit 62. expressions + ~ing – grammar in use