Hello.

I don't really understand what kind of grammar we have in that sentence: "I anticipated this being 3 minutes long". Isn't something missing?

Could you give me a couple more examples with "anticipate smb/smth "

Thank you.
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Nothing is missing. You can use this grammatical pattern with a few verbs. Instead of a that-clause you have a gerund clause as the object of the verb. The subject of the gerund clause is usually expressed in possessive form if it refers to a person. Some gerund clauses are: my being late, this taking five minutes, Paul's finding the key.

I anticipated this being three minutes long.

= I anticipated that this would be three minutes long.

Jack remembered the weather getting rainy.

= Jack remembered that the weather got rainy.

Susan appreciated Frank's supporting her claim.

= Susan appreciated that Frank supported her claim.

We condemned the policemen's taking bribes.

= We condemned the fact that the policemen took bribes.

CJ
Thank you so much!
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I am very sorry, CJ, but I can't realize any sentence with "this taking five minutes" Emotion: sad May it be something like this: I thought this taking five minutes but it was longer"?
poppymanI can't realize any sentence with "this taking five minutes"
Really? I thought that one would be the easiest one for you because it's most similar to the example we started with. Think of "this" with the meaning "this procedure" or "this process" or "this task".

I anticipated this taking five minutes.

= I anticipated that this would take five minutes.

I can't imagine this taking five minutes.

= I can't imagine that this would take five minutes.

CJ
Thank you! Is my example "I thought this taking five minutes but it was actually longer" correct then?
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Your first example was "I anticipated this being 3 minutes long". That's correct.

Your most recent example is "I thought this taking five minutes but it was actually longer". That's wrong.

The verb anticipate allows that -ing construction.

The verb thought does not allow that -ing construction.

CJ
Thanks, but how do I know what verbs allow -ing construction?
CalifJim
The verb anticipate allows that -ing construction.
The verb thought does not allow that -ing construction.
CJ
Then, how do we know which verb allows that -ing construction?

Should we just memorize a list of verbs allowing this kind of construction?

Could you provide a list of those verbs, please?

Thank you
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