Grammar Patterns

on N

The 'impulse group

These nouns are used to indicate that something is done with or without a lot of thought.
On impulse, I invited him to accompany my family on the plane to Hyannisport for the weekend.
Was it an accident or did he do it on purpose?
The man he'd asked was the director - who hired him on the spot.
  • on impulse
  • on purpose
  • on reflection
  • on the spot
  • on a whim
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