Grammar Patterns

poss N

The 'resignation' group

These nouns refer to actions or activities. The possessive indicates who performs the action. Some of these nouns are always followed by of when used in this pattern. This is a productive use.
For all societies, fund raising is an essential part of their activities.
Their attempts to get an explanation from the society have left them baffled.
For a year he planned his escape.
The figures represent the first instalment of the bill now being paid by British people for the Government's mishandling of the economic crisis.
The Mayor of Nice, Mr Jacques Medecin, announced his resignation after twenty-four years in office.
Hopkins plays a military colonel who moves his family to the backwoods of Montana to protest the government's treatment of American Indians.
  • abdication
  • ablutions
  • action
  • activities
  • aim
  • arithmetic
  • assistance
  • attempt
  • attendance
  • behaviour
  • conduct
  • conquest (of sth)
  • conversion
  • crying
  • custom
  • dalliance
  • dealings
  • devotions
  • discovery
  • doings
  • endeavour
  • escape
  • espousal (of sth)
  • exploit (usu plural)
  • failure
  • footwork
  • foray
  • game
  • guidance
  • handling (of sth)
  • inaction
  • initiative
  • instigation
  • interpretation
  • invasion
  • labour
  • labours
  • machinations
  • ministry
  • mishandling (of sth)
  • mismanagement
  • offensive
  • patronage
  • portrayal
  • reading
  • reckoning
  • recognition (of sth)
  • resignation
  • revision
  • ruminations
  • support
  • table manners
  • timekeeping
  • timing
  • treatment (of sth)
  • ways
  • wiles
  • withdrawal
  • wooing (of sth)
  • work
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