Grammar Patterns

The 'work free' group

The 'work free' group

In the pattern V adj, these verbs are concerned with someone or something becoming detached from something. In the pattern V n adj, they are concerned with someone pulling or shaking someone or something so that they becomes detached. The adjectives most frequently used with the verbs in this group are free and loose.
He shook his head back and forth, and tried to pull free.
She struggled to pull herself loose.
The chair may topple backwards when sat upon and the armrests can work loose.
He pulled his key ring from his pocket and worked one key free of it.
  • jerk
  • pull
  • shake
  • wiggle
  • work
  • wrench
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