V on n

Structure information: Verb with prepositional Object

The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object. This structure has a passive with the pattern be V-ed on. However, not all verbs with this structure are used in the passive. The following verbs are the ones which are most frequently passive.
  • act
  • agree
  • comment
  • count
  • depend
  • fire
  • improve
  • jump
  • lean
  • operate
  • pounce
  • prey
  • rely
  • set
  • stamp
  • touch
  • trample
  • tread
  • vote
  • wait
  • work
  • The phrasal verb patterns are the same except that there is a particle, P, which comes after the verb. The passive pattern, be V-ed P on, rarely occurs.

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