Some verbs with this pattern are generally considered to be link verbs because they need an adjective after them to complete their meaning (see Chapter 5). Others are not considered to be link verbs, because they have a complete meaning in themselves, for example they indicate an action such as moving. However, for both kinds of verb, the adjective group after the verb describes the person or thing indicated by the Subject.Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'be' groupThe 'become' groupThe 'seem' groupThe 'act' groupThe 'die' groupThe 'sit' groupThe 'stare' groupThe 'slide open' groupThe 'break free' groupThe 'jump' groupThe 'close higher' groupThe 'gleam' groupThe 'set' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther productive usesOther related patterns
V adjThe verb is followed by an adjective group.This pattern has one structure:
Verb with ComplementI was hungry.
|Verb group||adjective group|
|Verb group||Particle||adjective group|
|Matching sets||work||out||cheaper than separate items.|