V n on n
The 'question' groupThese verbs are concerned with speaking or writing about a particular topic. The noun group indicates the person involved. This includes:
advising someone e.g. advise, counsel
instructing someone e.g. instruct, lecture
questioning someone e.g. cross-examine, grill
commending someone e.g. compliment, congratulate
criticizing someone e.g. pick up
accepting an offer or suggestion e.g. take up
This guide will brief you on sightseeing and shopping.
I congratulated Katherine on her decision to advance her education.
Witnesses were cross-examined on only those parts of the statements considered controversial.
He wouldn't be drawn on numbers, but said that the US would be given all the support they needed.
His hosts will clearly want to question him closely on what he said in Dublin.
At the end of the week, he quizzed us gently on what we had learnt.
I'll tell my mummy on you!
The preposition on is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause or a wh-clause.
The prime minister complimented him on leading what she described as the only Conservative government in Eastern Europe.
BR made it clear that it would consult its legal advisers on whether court action could be taken to prevent the strikes.
In the case of congratulate, the noun group following the verb is often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl on n.
advise brief challenge commend compliment congratulate consult counsel cross-examine (not) draw (usu passive) grill harangue instruct lecture poll press (usu passive) question quiz tell update fill in pick up pin down take up
She congratulated herself on her own business acumen.