Grammar Patterns

N on n

N on n

The noun is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of on and a noun group. With some nouns, the preposition on is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause or a wh-clause.Some nouns are sometimes followed by upon instead of on. Upon is a more formal or literary word.
 Nounonnoun group/-ing clause/wh-clause
usefuladviceonhow to run a business
thefocusonprotecting the child
hisinfluenceonmen's fashion
mythoughtsonlife in general
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'talk' groupThe 'article' groupThe 'conference' groupThe 'ideas' groupThe 'expert' groupThe 'commission' groupThe 'emphasis' groupThe 'attack' groupThe 'law' groupThe 'ban' groupThe 'burden' groupThe 'work' groupThe 'blow' groupThe 'effect' groupThe 'dependence' groupThe 'tax' groupThe 'profit' groupThe 'bet' groupThe 'improvement' groupThe 'stain' groupNouns with other meaningsOther related patterns

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