Pattern combinationsThere are six symmetrical combinations of patterns. These are:
Pattern combination 1: V; V nThe vase broke.John broke the vase.
Pattern combination 2: V prep/adv; V n prep/advThe boat sailed up the river.We sailed the boat up the river.
Pattern combination 3: V adj; V n adjThe door slammed shut.She slammed the door shut.
Pattern combination 4: V as adj; V n as adjWe count that score as successful.That score counts as successful.
Pattern combination 5: V to-inf; V n to-infShe trained to compete.They trained her to compete.
Pattern combination 6: V ord prep; V n ord prepThey rank sixth in the world.Most people rank them sixth in the world.
Pattern combination 7: V prep/adv; V n; V n prep/advLight reflects on the water.The mirror reflects light.The glass reflected light onto the wall.
Pattern combination 8: V prep/adv; V nSmoke puffed out of the chimney.The chimney puffed smoke.
Pattern combination 9: V adv; V nThis carpet cleans easily.We cleaned the carpet.
Pattern combination 10: V adj; V nThe chair folds flat.He folded the chair.