Verbs followed by a gerund or object + gerund

Sorry, but I have to take you on a short stroll down a side-track of grammar. Do you know, what a transitive verb is? Don't worry, it's easy. A transitive verb must or may take an object. The following sentence with the word catch

He will catch.

looks a bit incomplete, doesn't it? What is it that he will catch? Fish? A train? His breath? Such an object is required for the sentences ro make sense.

He will catch a cold.

Good. Well, not for him. But now it is a complete sentence. Intransitive verbs don't take an object. They just don't need one to make sense. A good example might be

I sleep.

Makes perfect sense, right?

Why did we have to take this little detour? Well, it helps you to understand that some of the verbs from the lists above (that demand a gerund) can be transitive. That means they must or may have an additional object before the gerund.

Here you can see an example:

They don't tolerate cheating in school.

This is bad enough, but it could be worse, like in

They don't tolerate me cheating in school.

Object form or possessive form

Instead of the object form me, you can also use the possessive form my.

One more example:

I don't like you singing.

is the same as

I don't like your singing.

The message is always: You can't sing. Now take it like a man and go on reading.