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All “ing” Verbs (List, Examples, Grammar)

What are common “ing” verbs? Before we dive into the list of words (or verbs) that end in “ing,” understanding the meaning of the two words is the first necessity. What does “ing” mean? What does it denote? Why are they added to verbs?

What are verbs? And “ing” verbs? 

First, it’s crucial to understand what verbs are. To put it simply, verbs are words that show action. Any word which denotes an action is called a verb. Some examples of verbs are run, swim, sleep, talk, walk, etc. 

These words show that an object is doing something. They are either running, swimming, going for a walk, etc. They tell us about the current state or the action that the object is performing. Verbs are an essential part of many languages that exist around the world.

However, some verbs can get confusing because they also act as a noun.

Some examples include: 

  • Bat: Bat is a type of animal, but it is also an act of hitting a ball when playing a game
  • Fish: Fish are animals, and at the same time, it also refers to the activity of hunting fish (to fish). 
"ing" verbs list
“ing” verbs list

What does adding the suffix “ing” mean? 

“Ing” is a popular suffix added after nouns and verbs. When added to a verb, “ing” is often used to form a present participle of the verb. It is also used to show an instance of a process or an action. Some examples of verbs ending in ing are:

  • Running, Swimming, Walking, Talking, Sleeping. 

These words now show that the object is in the process of doing an action. The most important thing to remember here is that “ing” transforms the verb into a “present participle” form.

"ing" verbs list
“ing” verbs list

List of common verbs ending in “ing”

Now that we have an understanding of the two words and why they are used, let’s look at a list of verbs ending in “ing”:

Swim- Swimming 

Run- Running

Write- Writing

Drink- Drinking

Walk- Walking

Talk- Talking

Sleep- Sleeping 

Marry- Marrying

Work- Working

Rest- Resting

Hunt- Hunting

Bowl- Bowling

Play- Playing 

Sit- Sitting


Ride- Riding

Hop- Hopping

Dance- Dancing

Sing- Singing

Yell- Yelling

Shout- Shouting

Break- Breaking

Fall- Falling

Jump- Jumping

Go- Going

Leave- Leaving

Tease- Teasing

Read- Reading

Bake- Baking 

Wash- Washing

Research- Researching

Find- Finding

Eat- Eating

Beat- Beating

Hate- Hating

Like- Liking

Shop- Shopping

Enjoy- Enjoying

Cook- Cooking

Speak- Speaking

Watch- Watching

Fix- Fixing

Jog- Jogging

Flee- Fleeing


Spell- Spelling

Peel- Peeling

Fly- Flying

Die- Dying

Lie- Lying

Tie- Tying

Type- Typing

Answer- Answering

Offer- Offering

Listen- Listening

Rub- Rubbing

Massage- Massaging

Interrupt- Interrupting

Guess- Guessing

Clean- Cleaning

Paint- Painting

Draw- Drawing

Repair- Repairing

Moan- Moaning

Mourn- Mourning

Sign- Signing

Cut- Cutting

Tear- Tearing

Wear- Wearing


Tap- Tapping

Stroke- Stroking

Meet- Meeting

Sink- Sinking

Grow- Growing

Win- Winning

Gamble- Gambling

Paint- Painting

“ing” verbs list (images)

"ing" verbs list
“ing” verbs list
"ing" verbs list
“ing” verbs list


Why is “ing” added to the end of a verb?

When added to the end of a verb, “ing” transforms the verb form into a present participle. This shows that the action is currently under process, or to put it simply, that the object is currently performing that action. 

How do you show that an action has been completed? 

Like “ing” shows that an action is being performed or “is in process.” It needs to be transformed into a past participle form to show that it has been completed. This is shown by using a past form of the verb. Different verbs can have different past participle forms. For instance: Swim- Swam, Walk: Walked, Run- Ran, etc. 

Why are verbs important?

Verbs are an essential part of the English language. This is because they show action. When an object is performing some act, it is denoted by a verb.

Verbs are also an integral part of other languages worldwide for the same reason.



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Dalia Y.: Dalia is an English Major and linguistics expert with an additional degree in Psychology. Dalia has featured articles on Forbes, Inc, Fast Company, Grammarly, and many more. She covers English, ESL, and all things grammar on GrammarBrain.

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