Some verbs can use another verb afterwards.

examples:

I like to dance.
She hates to do homework.

Using gerunds

After some verbs, however, the second verb can be changed into a gerund (making a verb into a noun).

examples:

I like swimming.
She hates doing her homework.

Some verbs that can use gerunds or infinitives

love
like / don’t like
hate
prefer
start
continue

Some verbs that only use gerunds

enjoy
detest
consider
avoid
finish
suggest
put off
practice
mind
miss
feel like
forgive

Examples

I like to play cards.
I like playing cards.

She hates to go to school.
She hates going to school.

They will continue to study English.
They will continue studying English.

I am considering studying Chinese.

She is putting off talking to her boyfriend.

They feel like having a sleep.

Exercise

Make sentences using these verbs + a second verb. Remember which ones can use only gerunds.

a) like
b) feel like
c) detest
d) suggest
e) practice