Grammar Patterns

N of n

The 'thunder' group

The noun refers to a noise, and the noun group after of indicates the thing or person that makes the noise. This is a productive use: all nouns which refer to noises can be used with this pattern.
I heard the growing sound of rhythmic beating of drums.
A moment later he was lost to sight and the thunder of his engine was a distant sound.
  • beating
  • blare
  • blast
  • buzz
  • echo
  • sound
  • thunder
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