Do you know the meaning of can’t stand, as in the example, “I just can’t stand being stuck in traffic”? When there’s a situation (being stuck in traffic) or a person (your work colleague) you really don’t like, then can’t stand captures the feeling perfectly. What is also important is knowing that can’t stand is generally followed by the ING form of a verb. Take a look at the example sentence again: I just can’t stand being stuck in traffic.
Here are some different situations. Can you choose the correct form? Only one correct answer is possible in each case.
- If there’s cake on the table, I really can’t help TAKE / TAKING / TO TAKE a slice
- We look forward to DOING / DO business with you
- The guide suggested VISIT / VISITING / TO VISIT the medieval city of Mdina
- The guide suggested we VISIT / VISITING / TO VISIT the medieval city of Mdina
- During the airport security check, she was ordered STRIP/ STRIPPING / TO STRIP down to her underwear
- The students would rather HAVE / HAVING / TO HAVE their Friday lesson in a café