Grammar Patterns

it v-link det N to-inf

The 'crime' group

These nouns are used to indicate that an action or state involves breaking a law or rule.
It is an offence to shoot at birds from a moving vehicle.
Crime is sometimes used with the determiner no.
It's no crime to be poor.
  • crime
  • offence
  • sin
  • Offence is sometimes followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with for. This pattern is it v-link det N for n to-inf.
    Under the rules, it is a criminal offence for anyone under 16 to buy a lottery ticket.

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