Can the verb LINGER be used with a gerund?

He is lingering calling her.

I always linger doing my homework.

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    It is understandable, but I don't think I would use it. I might do so with a comma to make the -ing phrase an afterthought: He is lingering, calling for her.
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 6, 2021 at 19:37
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    No: "linger" does not license gerund-participial complements.
    – BillJ
    Mar 6, 2021 at 19:52
  • Why did you have to let it linger? Apr 2, 2021 at 18:41

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No, you wouldn’t hear it used like that.

Something more idiomatic would be saying that you “linger around/over” something, i.e. the idea of doing something, or the obligation/necessity to do it.

I always linger around/over doing my homework.

He is lingering around/over calling her.

  • "around" sounds wrong to me. Can't put into words exactly why, but it just does not seem altogether correct. Mar 6, 2021 at 19:58

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