Grammar Patterns

N to n

The 'example' group

These nouns are used to indicate that something or someone makes, or should make, a person or group of people want to behave in a particular way.
These nouns are usually used after a link verb or the preposition as.
The prosecution called for a prison sentence for Mr Torr as a deterrent to others.
Sister Ethel's quiet nobility is an example to us all.
Well, let that be a lesson to you.
  • beacon
  • deterrent
  • example
  • inspiration
  • lesson
  • reminder
  • role model
  • signal
  • warning
  • Signal, reminder, and warning also have the pattern N to n that.
    It was a healthy reminder to politicians that in a free financial world their powers are limited.

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