V on n

II.3 The 'reflect' group

These verbs are concerned with thought, or the expression of thought. The prepositional phrase indicates the topic of the thought. We include here verbs concerned with agreeing and disagreeing.
As we celebrate Independence Day here in the United States, it is a perfect time to ponder on the importance of words such as freedom and liberty.
Many of these verbs are sometimes followed by upon instead of on, especially agree, dwell, meditate, and reflect.
The student must carefully meditate upon the symbols and concepts that relate to the element of Earth.
The verbs agree, differ, and disagree are reciprocal verbs (see Chapter 6), and have a plural Subject with this pattern.
Meeting on February 11th, the two men failed to agree on anything.
The preposition on (or upon) is sometimes followed by a wh-clause.
But they rarely agree on how to act and often attack each other, personally and politically.
It gave me a chance to reflect on what I was doing.
In the case of reflect, the preposition on (or upon) is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Many long-term prisoners are in their twenties and have already had plenty of time to reflect on losing their most vigorous years.
  • agree
  • brood
  • cogitate
  • deliberate
  • differ
  • disagree
  • dwell
  • meditate
  • muse
  • ponder
  • reflect
  • ruminate
  • speculate
  • The verbs agree, differ, and disagree also have the pattern V with n on n (see Chapter 6).

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