Grammar Patterns

The 'slam shut' group

The 'slam shut' group

In the pattern V adj, these verbs are concerned with something opening or closing, often noisily or violently. In the pattern V n adj, they are concerned with someone or something opening or closing something, often noisily or violently. The adjectives most frequently used with the verbs in this group are open and shut.
Joseph followed and tugged at the door until it clicked shut and the lift disappeared.
The box contained a clear gemstone. He clicked it shut almost immediately.
Passengers complained when automatic doors on a new train jammed open.
They just jam the door open with a brick.
He peered warily up the staircase just as the door upstairs opened, then slammed shut.
He managed to drag her back inside the vehicle and slam the door shut.
Her eyes squeezed shut and tears appeared under the lashes.
Hart squeezed his eyes tight shut, but the tears fell anyway.
  • bang (shut)
  • blow
  • click
  • jam
  • slam (shut)
  • slide
  • snap
  • spring
  • squeeze (shut)
  • swing
  • tear (open)
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