V way prep/adv
This pattern is very productive and most of the verbs which are sometimes used with this pattern are not used with it often. In this section we show a lot of verbs that sometimes, but not often, have this pattern and we indicate which verbs most frequently have the pattern.This pattern is often used with a word that is normally a noun or an adjective, but which in this pattern is a verb, for example I finally crowbarred my way in. Some of these verbs are: crowbar, cudgel, flipper, helicopter, pickpocket, scam, and strong-arm. Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'talk' groupThe 'mumble' groupThe 'gossip' groupThe 'make' groupThe 'fight' groupThe 'thread' groupThe 'chug' groupThe 'crawl' groupThe 'ooze' groupThe 'wind' groupThe 'borrow' groupThe 'cheat' groupThe 'eat' groupThe 'work' groupThe 'muddle' groupThe 'laugh' groupThe 'reason' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther related patterns
V way prep/advThe verb is followed by a noun group which consists of a possessive determiner, such as my, his, her or their, and the noun way. This is followed by a prepositional phrase or adverb group.This pattern has one structure:
Verb with Object and AdjunctShe elbowed her way through the crowd.
|Verb group||way||prepositional phrase/adverb group|
|The men||ate||their way||through all the provisions.|
|He||is feeling||his way||into the role of successful author.|
|Labour||is fighting||its way||back.|