V for n

Other related patterns

V for adj

See Structure I above.

V for num

See Structure I above.

V for n prep/adv

See meaning group II.11 above.

V for n to-inf

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with for, and a to-infinitive clause. The phrasal verb pattern is V P for n to-infVerbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:

The 'ask' group

These verbs are concerned with asking for something to be done or to happen. We include here motion and gesture, which indicate that someone communicates using a gesture.
She got up from her desk and motioned for Wade to follow her.
They are pressing for the government to implement the electoral promise of job creation as a first priority.
Charlotte stood in my garden yelling for me to come down and pay for the taxi.
In the case of ask and campaign, the to-infinitive is usually passive.
A nurse may ask for a phone to be put on silent to avoid disturbing other patients.
  • agitate
  • appeal
  • ask
  • call
  • campaign
  • gesture
  • holler
  • motion
  • petition
  • plead
  • pray
  • press
  • push
  • shout
  • yell
  • The 'yearn' group

    These verbs are concerned with wanting or expecting something to happen or be done.
    All the women will be dying for you to make a mistake.
    He longed for the winter to be over.
    The air conditioning in the car creates arctic conditions that make one yearn for a good, thick woollen jumper.
  • be dying
  • long
  • pray
  • yearn
  • The 'wait' group

    These verbs are concerned with waiting for something to happen.
    I don't want to sit around waiting for the phone to ring.
  • wait
  • wait around
  • The 'arrange' group

    These verbs are concerned with making arrangements so that something happens or is done.
    'What about our baggage?' 'Don't worry. I'll arrange for it to be sent direct to the property when it is unloaded.'
  • arrange
  • fix
  • V for n with n

    See Chapter 6.

    V with n for n

    See Chapter 6.

    V prep/adv for n

    See meaning group II.11 above.

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