UNIT 61. Expression + -ing

Australia-24 grammar


When these expressions are followed by a verb, the verb ends in -ing:

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 left

But we usually say “the point of doing something”:
– What’s the point of having a car if you never use it?

There’s no use / It’s no use …:
– There’s nothing you can do about the situation, so there’s no use worrying about it.
or … it’s no use worrying about it.

It’s (not) worth …:
– I live only a short walk from here, so it’s not worth taking a taxi.
– Our flight was very early in the morning, so it wasn’t worth going to bed.

You can say “a movie is worth seeing,” “a book is worth reading,” etc.:
– What was the movie like? Was it worth seeing?
– Thieves broke into the house but didn’t take anything. There was nothing worth stealing.


Have trouble -ing, have difficulty -ing, have a problem -ing

We say “have trouble doing something” (not to do):
– I had no trouble finding a place to live. (not trouble to find)
– Did you have any trouble getting a visa?
– People often have a lot of trouble reading my writing.

You can also say “have difficulty / a problem doing something”:
– I had difficulty finding a place to live. or
I had a problem finding a place to live.


We use -ing after:

spend/waste (take)
– He spent hours trying to repair the clock.
– I waste a lot of time daydreaming.

(be) busy
– She said she couldn’t go with us. 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 hiking
go skiing
go jogging

Also go shopping, go sightseeing

  • How often do you go swimming?
  • I’d like to go skiing.
  • When was the last time you went shopping?
  • I’ve never gone sailing.