Grammar Patterns

ADJ in n

The 'plastered' group

These adjectives indicate that something or someone is covered or partly covered by something. We include here bathed, cocooned, and shrouded, which indicate a metaphorical covering.
As I recovered my senses I realised I was bathed in a cold sweat.
The population was cocooned in a web of welfare and regulation that was financed by increasing debt.
The caterpillar is a leaf worm, often found enveloped in a cabbage or a vine.
One new supermarket has its windows plastered in cheap, tacky advertising posters.
His disappearance was shrouded in mystery.
The adjective knee deep is used to describe either a person or the ground.
In winter, the countryside was either knee deep in mud and muck or frozen solid.
The director, sleek and handsome in a wetsuit, was standing knee-deep in a river, directing.
In the case of banded, edged, and upholstered, the preposition in is sometimes followed by a colour word. This pattern is ADJ in colour.
An irregular portion on the left of the map was edged in a mild green.
  • banded
  • bathed
  • bedecked
  • clad
  • clothed
  • coated
  • cocooned
  • covered
  • drenched
  • edged
  • enveloped
  • finished
  • knee-deep
  • plastered
  • shrouded
  • smothered
  • upholstered
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