Grammar Patterns

V at n

II.6 The 'rejoice' group

These verbs are concerned with having a particular feeling in reaction to something, or expressing this feeling.
He chuckled at my expression of dismay.
Science fiction fans in Britain were rejoicing at the return of 'Thunderbirds' to their TVs.
What would Sarah do to her then? She shuddered at the thought and hurriedly put the problem away in the back of her mind.
With many of these verbs, especially bridle, bristle, chafe, and rejoice, the preposition at is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Elsewhere parents chafe at paying university fees and would rather see their children start earning as soon as possible.
  • blanch
  • boggle
  • bridle
  • bristle
  • cackle
  • chafe
  • chuckle
  • cringe
  • despair
  • drool
  • exult
  • frown
  • fume
  • grieve
  • grimace
  • guffaw
  • laugh
  • marvel
  • quail
  • rage
  • recoil
  • rejoice
  • salivate
  • seethe
  • shudder
  • smart
  • smirk
  • snicker
  • (not) sniff (usu passive)
  • snigger
  • thrill
  • wince
  • wonder
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