Grammar Patterns

V as adj

V as adj

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of the preposition as and an adjective group.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with prepositional Complement
    That counts as old.
V as adj
 Verb groupasadjective group
SubjectVerbprepositional Complement
A large number of plantsqualifyasmedicinal.
Phrasal verbs: V P as adj
 Verb groupParticleasadjective group
SubjectVerbprepositional Complement
Hecomesoverassmug and arrogant.
Verbs with this pattern indicate that someone or something is perceived as having a particular quality or status, or hopes to be perceived in that way.
All these verbs except count and emerge are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
I'm told that I come across as hard and intimidating but I don't feel hard and intimidating.
Britain's weakness for junk food is now so longstanding that our taste for it can almost count as traditional.
Parents can try to set good examples without trying to masquerade as perfect.
The end results are flowers that could pass as fresh, but for the absence of sap and scent.
But with such a narrow definition, entire branches of knowledge would not qualify as useful.
  • count
  • emerge
  • masquerade
  • pass
  • qualify
  • come across
  • come over
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