Grammar Patterns

ADJ on n

The 'dependent' group

These adjectives indicate that someone or something relies on someone or something else to live or to be successful.
The toy industry is heavily reliant on the whims of the pre-teen generation.
The adjective is sometimes followed by upon instead of on.
As a charity, we are dependent upon the generosity of supporters like you.
  • dependent
  • reliant
  • These adjectives also have the patterns ADJ on/upon n for n and ADJ on/upon n to-inf.
    The offspring is totally dependent on the parent for survival.
    Her career ruled her life and she became dependent on her record company to take care of her.

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