Grammar Patterns

V against n

Structure information

The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object. This structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed against. However, not all verbs with this structure are used in the passive. The verbs that are most frequently passive are discriminate and sin (usually in the phrase more sinned against than sinning). The phrasal verb pattern is the same, except that there is a particle, P, which comes after the verb.

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