Grammar Patterns

V adj

The 'slide open' group

These verbs indicate that something such as a door moves, or makes a sound as it moves. They are used with adjectives such as open and shut.
This is a productive use: other verbs with similar meanings, for example squeak and yawn, can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
As Adam and Zelikov entered, the heavy steel doors banged shut behind them.
The door slid open to admit Blake.
  • bang
  • blow
  • burst
  • clang
  • creak
  • slam
  • slide
  • snap
  • spring
  • swing
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