Dear Copyright, sorry but your examples are not correct for my context - all verbs in your examples are followed by nouns, but the rule I am discussing concerns situations when a verb is followed by a verb in the form of gerund or infinitive (most likely, there are a lot of transitive verbs which can be followed only by gerunds or infinitives or both )Another grammar discussion I shouldn't enter, but when I see a rule, I immediate begin thinking of exceptions:
He avoided injury.
He escaped death.
Neither a gerund. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding.
Hello Dexta Thank you for answering. Please, take a look at the difference:"all verbs in your examples are followed by nouns, but the rule I am discussing concerns situations when a verb is followed by a verb"
What is a gerund? Is it a verb functioning as a noun?
"all verbs in your examples are followed by nouns"... Really?
He avoided injuring himself.
He escaped dying a slow and painful death.
Gerunds, verbs or nouns?
Thank you very much!I would say that when 'escape' is followed by a verb, that it takes 'ing', so, for example, 'he used legal loopholes to escape paying taxes'. The only exception I can think of is when we say escape + 'in order to'. For example, 'He escaped (in order) to meet up with his wife'.