V n on n
The 'impose' groupThese verbs are concerned with giving something unpleasant to someone, or doing something unpleasant to them. This includes:
blaming something on someone
inflicting or imposing something on someone e.g. dump, perpetrate
wishing something bad on someone
playing a trick on someone e.g. play, pull
serving a writ on someone
A lot of journalists brought trouble on themselves by arriving for our interview underprepared.
Rob dumped his children on the grandparents but my family does not live nearby.
Rose grieved privately with her immediate family and did not impose her grief on friends
I did not bring this case to lay blame on my husband. It was the only way to get the insurance.
There are consistent reports of electrical torture being practised on inmates.
A Home Office spokeswoman stated: 'We have served a writ on Central Television to prevent the programme being screened.'
I didn't mean to take my anger out on him, but I couldn't help myself.
He told his son that he'd spent his life doing things he hated, and he wouldn't wish that on anyone.
The preposition is sometimes upon instead of on.
The reality is that a good therapist or counsellor will not try to foist anything upon a 'client'.
In the case of impose, the noun group following the verb is often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl on n.
blame bring dump exact foist on force impose inflict lay perpetrate (usu passive) pin play practise (usu passive) pull revenge serve spring thrust vent be visited wish palm off take out
Mrs Griffin said they could not possibly impose themselves on her for dinner, but if they might, they'd just stay for a drink and a chat.