V on n

II.27 Verbs with other meanings

There are a number of other verbs with this structure.
I mean, even your own personal behavior as a teacher, outside of school hours, reflects on the school itself.
Some of Snape's caution had rubbed off on me.
Many of these verbs are sometimes followed by upon instead of on, especially insist.
He began to insist upon a bullet-proof limousine, just for peace of mind.
In the case of miss out, the preposition on is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Reggae band Inner Circle said they were very upset to have missed out on performing at the Carnival.
In the case of insist, the preposition on is sometimes followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause. This pattern is V on n -ing.
They insist on three conditions being met.
  • abut
  • foreclose
  • impose
  • insist
  • pass
  • reflect
  • ride
  • sponge
  • wait
  • catch up
  • come through
  • ease up
  • follow through
  • hold out
  • lose out
  • miss out
  • rub off
  • stock up
  • tighten up
  • See also Structure I above.

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