Grammar Patterns

there v-link something/anything/nothing ADJ about n/-ing

there v-link something/anything/nothing ADJ about n/-ing

The adjective group comes after there, a link verb (usually be), and one of the indefinite pronouns something, anything, or nothing, and is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of about and a noun group. With some adjectives, the preposition about is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. This pattern is productive: the adjectives listed below give an idea of the kind of adjectives that have it.
therelink verbsomething/nothing/anythingAdjective groupaboutnoun group/-ing
There'snothinggoodaboutbeing poor.
There'ssomethingmagnificentaboutshow-jumping.
TherewassomethingspecialaboutNick.
Adjectives with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'attractive' groupThe 'fascinating' groupThe 'unsatisfactory' groupThe 'depressing' groupThe 'familiar' and 'different' groupThe 'English' groupThe 'boyish' groupThe 'political' groupThe 'secret' groupThe 'addictive' groupThe 'amusing' groupThe 'unreal' groupThe 'sacrosanct' groupThe 'easy' groupAdjectives with other meaningsOther related patterns

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